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[sal-yuh-tey-shuh n] /ˌsæl yəˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of saluting.
something uttered, written, or done by way of saluting.
a word or phrase serving as the prefatory greeting in a letter or speech, as Dear Sir in a letter or Ladies and Gentlemen in a speech.
Origin of salutation
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin salūtātiōn- (stem of salūtātiō) greeting, equivalent to salūtāt(us) (past participle of salūtāre to greet; see salute, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
salutational, adjective
salutationless, adjective
nonsalutation, noun Unabridged
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  • Arm in arm with Brunson, the don would give him that salutation.

    A Country Gentleman and his Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • I replied to their salutation, and added, that I had been forbidden to hold conversation.

  • The elder brother rose from his chair as they entered, although his salutation was even grimmer than his first welcome.

    The Hillman E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Brilliana returned his salutation with a murmured “It is well.”

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • All this honour ostensibly shown to Petrarch was really the salutation to the new dawn.

    A Short History of Italy Henry Dwight Sedgwick
  • In his hand he held a letter, a letter without date or address or salutation.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • "This has been a distressing affair," said Lady Lufton after her first salutation.

    Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for salutation


an act, phrase, gesture, etc, that serves as a greeting
a form of words used as an opening to a speech or letter, such as Dear Sir or Ladies and Gentlemen
the act of saluting
Word Origin
C14: from Latin salūtātiō, from salūtāre to greet; see salute
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Word Origin and History for salutation

late 14c., from Old French salutacion "greeting," from Latin salutationem (nominative salutatio) "a greeting, saluting," noun of action from past participle stem of salutare "to greet" (see salute (v.)). As a word of greeting (elliptical for "I offer salutation") it is recorded from 1530s. Related: Salutations.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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