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

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 Before another active day in the Golden Isles, start your morning with a little oceanside sun salutation at an East Beach Yoga class on St. Simons Island. Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 In the game, whose name took inspiration from the Grammy-award winner's trademark salutation, Lizzo mostly dismissed the ensembles. Anna Lazarus Caplan,, 19 July 2022 Best Underwear for Workouts Stretch into every downward dog or sun salutation knowing your underwear won't budge. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2022 My doctor must have seen my salutation in my chart. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Upward-Facing Dog, or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Upward-facing dog typically follows chaturanga during a traditional sun salutation. Jenni Gritters, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2018 Also known as fierce pose, chair pose is typically offered during traditional sun salutation variations. Jenni Gritters, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2018 Coupling that with a first name salutation in the subject line and the beginning of the email really works to set the stage for a personalized message from your organization that drives opens and click-through rates. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Another example is surya namaskara, or the sun salutation, a vinyasa flow performed during yoga. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 26 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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