[sal-yuh-tey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of saluting.
  2. something uttered, written, or done by way of saluting.
  3. 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 formssal·u·ta·tion·al, adjectivesal·u·ta·tion·less, adjectivenon·sal·u·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for salutation

toast, aloha, bow, hail, kiss, address, salaam, curtsy, hello, salute, howdy, ave

Examples from the Web for salutation

Contemporary Examples of salutation

Historical Examples of salutation

  • She answered his salutation with a frank inclination of the head.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • "We shut the door when the steed's stolen, Mr. Arthur," was his salutation.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • After hailing the morn with this second salutation, he threw a boot at the woman as a third.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • The solicitor, who had bidden them enter, did not at first offer them any salutation.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • She felt sure that he had chosen deliberately not to come to her for the evening salutation.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for salutation


  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
  3. 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

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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