sa·​lu·​ta·​to·​ry | \ sə-ˈlü-tə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce salutatory (audio) \

Definition of salutatory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a salutation : expressing or containing a welcome or greeting


plural salutatories

Definition of salutatory (Entry 2 of 2)

: an address or statement of welcome or greeting

Examples of salutatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Scientists who are incorrect or misguided, or who misinterpret data, might wrongly persuade others, causing more to die when salutatory actions are rejected or delayed. Vinay Prasad, STAT, "Scientists who express different views on Covid-19 should be heard, not demonized," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Milne understood that Eeyore’s outbursts of depression could at first be salutatory but then become monotonous. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Eeyore Syndrome," 7 Apr. 2020 The valedictorian was Joseph Longo and Marissa Guzzo gave the salutatory address. Manon L. Mirabelli, Courant Community, "Suffield Celebrates Class Of 2018," 26 June 2018 Her salutatory address, which was a big YouTube hit, was delivered entirely in Latin. Matthew Vann, NBC News, "Dominican Sisters of Mary ‘bring Heaven’ to Earth through song," 23 Dec. 2017

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1702, in the meaning defined above


1779, in the meaning defined above

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“Salutatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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