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salutation

[sal-yuh-tey-shuh n] /ˌsæl yəˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of saluting.
2.
something uttered, written, or done by way of saluting.
3.
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
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
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  • She answered his salutation with a frank inclination of the head.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • "We shut the door when the steed's stolen, Mr. Arthur," was his salutation.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • After hailing the morn with this second salutation, he threw a boot at the woman as a third.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The solicitor, who had bidden them enter, did not at first offer them any salutation.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • She felt sure that he had chosen deliberately not to come to her for the evening salutation.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "How d'ye do, Eldredge," was the great man's salutation, not at all effusive.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And the other made an attempt at a salutation, and passed on.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for salutation

salutation

/ˌsæljʊˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
an act, phrase, gesture, etc, that serves as a greeting
2.
a form of words used as an opening to a speech or letter, such as Dear Sir or Ladies and Gentlemen
3.
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
n.

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.

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