above the salt

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

In medieval times, salt (a valuable seasoning) was placed in the middle of a dining table and the lord and his family were seated "above the salt" and other guests or servants below.

Prepositional phraseEdit

above the salt

  1. (idiomatic) Of high standing or honor.

AntonymsEdit

Last modified on 29 January 2014, at 02:24