from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dealer in chemical products and dyes.


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  • To be brief, Providence blessed my efforts and increased my means; I became a wholesale dealer in every thing, from barrels of gunpowder down to pickled herrings; in the civic acceptation of the word I was a merchant, amongst the vulgar I am called a dry-salter.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 380, July 11, 1829 Various

  • Her father may be a lexicographer or a dry-salter, a designer of dirigible balloons or a manufacturer of air-pumps; he may even be a person of independent means, who lives in a big, new, stuccoed villa in the suburbs of Vienna, and devotes his leisure to the propagation of orchids: yet all the while a miller.

    My Friend Prospero Henry Harland 1883

  • Whether by industry or luck -- except that industry is luck, and luck is only another word for industry -- he had gradually risen to be a large city merchant, a dry-salter I conclude it would be called, with a handsome house, carriage, etc.

    Mistress and Maid. A Household Story. 1864

  • The inflamed Ned and the blazing dry-salter met in mortal conflict, and the result was tremendous!

    Life in the Red Brigade London Fire Brigade 1859

  • They were astonished that the robbers should dare to molest a man of his importance on 'change; he being an eminent dry-salter of Throgmorton street, and a magistrate to boot.

    Tales of a Traveller Washington Irving 1821

  • I expect some anecdotes from you of the coronation at Oxford; I hear my Lord Westmoreland's own retinue was all be-James'd with true-blue ribands; and that because Sir William Calvert, who was a fellow of a college, and happened to be Lord Mayor, attended the Duke of Newcastle at his inthronization, they dragged down the present Lord Mayor to Oxford, who is only a dry-salter.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 2 Horace Walpole 1757

  • For example -- A.B. was bred a dry-salter, and he goes in partner with with C.D., a scarlet-dyer, called a bow-dyer, at Wandsworth.

    The Complete English Tradesman (1839 ed.) Daniel Defoe 1696


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