salutation

[ sal-yuh-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌsæl yəˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

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

sal·u·ta·tion·al, adjectivesal·u·ta·tion·less, adjectivenon·sal·u·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for salutation

salutation

/ (ˌsæljʊˈteɪʃən) /

noun

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 for salutation

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