[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. salus populi suprema lex esto,
  2. salutary,
  3. salutation,
  4. salutatorian,
  5. salutatorium,
  6. salute,
  7. salutiferous,
  8. salv.,
  9. salva veritate,
  10. salvable

Origin of salutatory

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

Related formssa·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 Formssalutatorily, adverb

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Word Origin and History for salutatory



1690s, "pertaining to a salutation," from Latin salutatorius "pertaining to visiting or greeting," from salut-, past participle stem of salutare "to greet" (see salute (v.)). From 1702 in reference to an address which welcomes those attending commencement exercises.

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