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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French salade, from Spanish celada, thought to be from Latin caelāta (ornamentally engraved (helmet)) (although the Latin word is not attested in this sense).


sallet (plural sallets)

  1. (historical) A type of light spherical helmet
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 11:
      At Hampton Court, sallets for archers on horseback, sallets with grates, and old sallets with vizards: At Windsor, salettes and skulls: At Calais, saletts with vysars and bevers, and salets with bevers.
    • William Morris, The Well at the World's End, Book IV, Chapter 29
      Ursula wore that day a hauberk under her gown, and was helmed with a sallet...

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms.


sallet (plural sallets)

  1. Archaic form of salad.
    • 1602 : Hamlet by William Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2 lines 378-383
      I remember one said there were no sallets in the lines to make the matter savoury nor no matter in the phrase that might indict the author of affection, but called it an honest method, as wholesome as sweet, and by very much more handsome than fine.
    • 1682, A perfect school of Instructions for the Officers of the Mouth
      To make Sallet of Lemon pill, or green Citron. You must have your Lemon Pill preserved very green, Rasp it into a Dish, and raise it up lightly with a Fork []