[ suh-loo-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ səˈlu təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


pertaining to or of the nature of a salutation.

noun, plural sa·lu·ta·to·ries.

a welcoming address, especially one given at the beginning of commencement exercises in some U.S. high schools and colleges by the salutatorian.

Origin of salutatory

1635–45; < Medieval Latin salūtātōrius, equivalent to Latin salūtā(re) to salute + -tōrius -tory1

Related forms

sa·lu·ta·to·ri·ly, adverbun·sa·lu·ta·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for salutatory


/ (səˈluːtətərɪ, -trɪ) /


of, relating to, or resembling a salutation

Derived Forms

salutatorily, adverb
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