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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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Examples from the Web for salutations
Historical Examples
  • The presence of Monseigneur complicated the rites, the salutations, and the kisses.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • He then turned to the ladies and Mr. Effingham, and repeated his salutations.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • There he was recognised by many, but he scarcely answered their salutations.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The Clerk had recognised friends on the waggons, and was returning their salutations.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • salutations are exchanged on the stoop, reverences, handshakings, introductions.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • After these salutations, the parties sat down, and orders were given.

  • Nobody is to mind him, to tease him with inquiries or salutations.

  • I have spoken to them many times of you, my Mother, and they desire I send you their salutations.

    The Eyes of Asia Rudyard Kipling
  • When he had made his salutations, however, he returned undismayed to the charge.

    The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • The first department treats of Introductions and salutations.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for salutations


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 salutations



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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