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 salutational (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 These days there’s no need to cultivate an herb garden or count sun salutations. Katie Jackson, USA TODAY, "Anti-aging resorts: 10 hotels and resorts promising to make travelers look (and feel) younger," 23 Dec. 2019 Kathryn Thomas, a former Navy aviator who founded the nonprofit Yoga 4 Change, led the women through deep inhales and exhales, and then the fluid series of poses known as the sun salutation. Fran Smith, National Geographic, "Why our fast-paced society loves yoga," 17 Dec. 2019 By the mid 2000s yoga retreats filled up Instagram feeds with photos of virtuous-looking activities, sun salutations on the beach, and fit people inhaling huge amounts of avocado. Sarah Treleaven, Bon Appétit, "From Weight Loss to Self-Empowerment: Women's Retreats Are Changing Their Message," 14 Oct. 2019 See their warm salutations and Jennifer Aniston’s best posts so far below. Cady Lang, Time, "Jennifer Aniston Stays Killing the Instagram Game and She Just Got Here," 18 Oct. 2019 Oh, and there’s a spa tucked between boulders by the sea, and a yoga platform where an instructor leads daily sun salutations. 3. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Spas in the U.S. & Around the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 Somewhere, Daisy Buchanan lifts a champagne flute in salutation. Pete Tosiello, Washington Post, "Karen Dukess’s ‘The Last Book Party’ is a postcard from another era," 10 July 2019 Greetings and salutations, and welcome to today's edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture news roundup. Wired, "Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend," 5 Aug. 2019 The state’s hot-weather tomato crop found its way to Summer Toast, a millennial salutation with fresh ricotta cheese and a Bob Ross canvas of heirloom tomatoes. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Kindling Texas Kitchen in Cibolo breaks the rules for Texas food," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of salutation

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

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The first known use of salutation was in the 14th century

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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Salutation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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