“Her Italian grandmother always said a glass of wine a day was quite salubrious.”

What is the best definition of salubrious?

Check your answer!

Choice A - Conducive to one’s health
Choice B - Utterly self-indulgent
Choice C - Justifiably unhealthy
Choice D - Warm and welcoming


Salubrious (adjective) – conducive to mental or physical health or well-being – “good for you;” or, healthy

GRE pro tips:

Knowing the Latin root salus ( “health, prosperity, and wellness”) and the suffix ous (“full of”), it makes sense that salubrious means healthful or beneficial to one’s overall health or wellness. Although salubrious can be used to describe a person who is healthy, it is more often used to describe environmental factors or habits that can be good for physical or mental health, such as clean air by the seaside or walking in a fresh meadow. 

To remember the meaning of salubrious (and that the root salus means health and wellness), think of the Italian, “Saluti,” or the Spanish, “Salud.” Both mean cheers or “to your health.” Remember the Italian grandmother partaking of her salubrious habit (some red wine is good for you!), as she drinks to your health. “Saluti!”

Example sentences:

“The Chinese government temporarily shut down several air-polluting factories leading up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 in order to create a more salubrious environment for the athletes.”

“After years of spending hours each day watching TV and eating an unhealthy diet, Mr. Johnson finally decided to pursue a more salubrious lifestyle.”