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salutation

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noun sal·u·ta·tion \ˌsal-yə-ˈtā-shən\

Simple Definition of salutation

  • : a word or phrase (such as “Gentlemen,” “Dear Sir,” “Dear Madam,” or “To whom it may concern”) that is used to begin a letter

  • : the act of greeting someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of salutation

  1. 1a :  an expression of greeting, goodwill, or courtesy by word, gesture, or ceremonyb plural :  regards

  2. 2 :  the word or phrase of greeting (as Gentlemen or Dear Sir or Madam) that conventionally comes immediately before the body of a letter

salutational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of salutation in a sentence

  1. A handshake and saying hello are common salutations.

  2. Shaking hands is a form of salutation.



14th Century

First Known Use of salutation

14th century


SALUTATION Defined for Kids

salutation

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noun sal·u·ta·tion \ˌsal-yə-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of salutation for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or action of greeting

  2. 2 :  a word or phrase used as a greeting at the beginning of a letter





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