sal·​u·​ta·​tion | \ ˌsal-yə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce salutation (audio) \

Definition of salutation

1a : 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

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Other Words from salutation

salutational \ ˌsal-​yə-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce salutation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of salutation in a Sentence

A handshake and saying “hello” are common salutations. Shaking hands is a form of salutation.
Recent Examples on the Web Using the salutation on an envelope to critique your living arrangements is, Miss Manners suspects, too subtle for your friend. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 Eight more steps and 12-year-old Divya Balakrishnan would have completed another repetition of Surya Namaskaram, the sun salutation yoga sequence. NBC News, 13 Apr. 2021 Shoppers lamenting the closure of many a card shop, but who still want to craft their salutation themselves, can have all the elements of a perfect parcel sent to their home. Maria Ricapito, Marie Claire, 7 Dec. 2020 Bits of thyme add color and a harmonious herbal salutation, and the butter sauce contributes richness without going overboard. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 11 Sep. 2020 Both my trainer and I were masked as well; our salutation was an elbow bump. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020 At the end, the faculty invited each student to offer a five-word salutation. The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2020 People who greet each day with sun salutation poses might want to treat themselves to this luxurious mat. Popular Science, 21 Apr. 2020 Mott and Bow’s sweatshirt is cut from just-right cotton terry cloth that provides warmth without bulk, and the relaxed fit at the chest and shoulders flows through sun salutations and warrior poses with ease. The Editors, Outside Online, 12 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of salutation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Salutation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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
formal : the act of greeting someone


sal·​u·​ta·​tion | \ ˌsal-yə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce salutation (audio) \

Kids Definition of salutation

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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