salutation

noun
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.

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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, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Kindling Texas Kitchen in Cibolo breaks the rules for Texas food," 1 Aug. 2019 The salutations of Batuu come in daytime and after-dark variations. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney Star Wars: A galactic glossary for navigating Galaxy’s Edge," 31 July 2019 In Portland, a bunch of yoga studios will do 108 sun salutations. oregonlive.com, "4 ways to celebrate the summer solstice in Portland," 20 June 2019 Meanwhile, despite their many letters, warm salutations and shared affection for the architect, Zanco's grip on Barragán's archives is ironclad, her resolve unshakable. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "In 'The Proposal,’ filmmaker seeks to free the work of a renowned Mexican architect," 19 June 2019 Karnes’ videos cover many helpful tips and modifications for practitioners of all sizes, from performing chaturanga properly to overcoming the sticky spots of sun salutations. Hannah Chenoweth, SELF, "The 9 Best YouTube Yoga Channels I Discovered While Practicing Yoga at Home for 6 Years," 5 May 2019 As not answering his stack of correspondence appeared impolite, the London socialite decided to speed up the task by enlisting his friend, artist J.C. Horsley, to design a festive card with a fill-in-the-blank salutation in 1843. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Old Christmas Cards Might Be Worth Serious Money," 16 Nov. 2018 Start the day with sun salutations (and sweeping 360 views of the city) during morning yoga. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of salutation

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

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salutation

noun

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

salutation

noun
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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