salutation

[sal-yuh-tey-shuh n]

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.

Nearby words

  1. saluresis,
  2. saluretic,
  3. salus,
  4. salus populi suprema lex esto,
  5. salutary,
  6. salutatorian,
  7. salutatorium,
  8. salutatory,
  9. salute,
  10. salutiferous

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 formssal·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

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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Word Origin and History for salutation

salutation

n.

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.

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