When we landed the men came to us, and after the first salutations, to my astonishment offered us some excellent rum.
Nobody is to mind him, to tease him with inquiries or salutations.
The introductions and salutations over, we shall resume the conversation that succeeded in the drawing-room.
He then turned to the ladies and Mr. Effingham, and repeated his salutations.
There is confession in the glances of our eyes, in our smiles, in salutations, and the grasp of hands.
There he was recognised by many, but he scarcely answered their salutations.
Cast your eyes down the salutations in the Epistle to the Romans.
After these salutations, the parties sat down, and orders were given.
salutations to Mrs. Madison; and to yourself, friendship and adieu.
The first department treats of Introductions and 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.
"Eastern modes of salutation are not unfrequently so prolonged as to become wearisome and a positive waste of time. The profusely polite Arab asks so many questions after your health, your happiness, your welfare, your house, and other things, that a person ignorant of the habits of the country would imagine there must be some secret ailment or mysterious sorrow oppressing you, which you wished to conceal, so as to spare the feelings of a dear, sympathizing friend, but which he, in the depth of his anxiety, would desire to hear of. I have often listened to these prolonged salutations in the house, the street, and the highway, and not unfrequently I have experienced their tedious monotony, and I have bitterly lamented useless waste of time" (Porter, Through Samaria, etc.). The work on which the disciples were sent forth was one of urgency, which left no time for empty compliments and prolonged greetings (Luke 10:4).