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 Bits of thyme add color and a harmonious herbal salutation, and the butter sauce contributes richness without going overboard. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 11 Sep. 2020 Both my trainer and I were masked as well; our salutation was an elbow bump. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "A COVID Workout," 20 Aug. 2020 At the end, the faculty invited each student to offer a five-word salutation. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 People who greet each day with sun salutation poses might want to treat themselves to this luxurious mat. Popular Science, "Yoga mats for a better at-home workout," 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, "How the Outside Staff Stays Comfy During Quarantine," 12 Apr. 2020 Instead of diving right in, use salutations in email and texts. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "3 ways to manage conflict when you work remotely," 6 Apr. 2020 In the glass-walled yoga room, guests can perform sun salutations looking out at the Atlantic. Trish Lorenz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Portugal's Azores Islands Are Still a Wild Paradise," 7 Feb. 2020 Over in Paris, the government not only closed the entire Louvre Museum but the French health minister urged his countrymen to avoid shaking hands and, sacre bleu, omit that country’s famous double-cheek salutation, la bise. Catherine Bigelow,, "Grace Cathedral in SF lets the good times roll to the tune of 600K; Barbara Eden honored," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of salutation

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

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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Salutation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 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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