[ sal-yuh-tey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: salutationsalutations on

  1. the act of saluting.

  2. something uttered, written, or done by way of saluting.

  1. 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

Other words from salutation

  • sal·u·ta·tion·al, adjective
  • sal·u·ta·tion·less, adjective
  • non·sal·u·ta·tion, noun

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How to use salutation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for salutation


/ (ˌsæljʊˈteɪʃən) /

  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

  1. the act of saluting

Origin of salutation

C14: from Latin salūtātiō, from salūtāre to greet; see salute

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