complimentary close

or complimentary closing

[ klohz or kloh-zing ]
/ kloʊz or ˈkloʊ zɪŋ /

noun

the part of a letter that by convention immediately precedes the signature, as “Very truly yours,” “Cordially,” or “Sincerely yours.”

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What does “barren” mean?
Also called closing, close.

Origin of complimentary close

First recorded in 1915–20

Words nearby complimentary close

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