[suh-loo-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


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 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

Examples from the Web for salutatory

Historical Examples of salutatory

  • After the salutatory phrase at the beginning of a letter, when informal.


    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • Salutatory Phrase—The words forming a salutation, or greeting.


    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • His first words were no worse than salutatory and tentative.

  • It was Freneau's salutatory at the beginning of his new career in Philadelphia.

  • The warmest praise came from the poets,—the "high, impassioned few" of her "Salutatory."

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for salutatory



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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