Below the salt meaning

What does the saying 'Below the salt' mean?

Idiom: Below the salt


If someone is below the salt, they have a low social position. Salt was expensive in medieval times and only placed on the high table where the wealthy and powerful ate.

Country: International English | Subject Area: Food and Eating | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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