salutation

noun sal·u·ta·tion \ ˌsal-yə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of salutation

1 a :an expression of greeting, goodwill, or courtesy by word, gesture, or ceremony
b salutations plural :regards
2 :the word or phrase of greeting (such as Gentlemen or Dear Sir or Madam) that conventionally comes immediately before the body of a letter

salutational

play \ˌsal-yə-ˈtā-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.

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First Known Use of salutation

14th century


SALUTATION Defined for English Language Learners

salutation

noun

Definition of salutation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SALUTATION Defined for Kids

salutation

noun sal·u·ta·tion \ ˌsal-yə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of salutation for Students

1 :an act or action of greeting
2 :a word or phrase used as a greeting at the beginning of a letter


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