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[sal-yuh-tey-shuh n] /ˌsæl yəˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of saluting.
something uttered, written, or done by way of saluting.
a word or phrase serving as the prefatory greeting in a letter or speech, as Dear Sir in a letter or Ladies and Gentlemen in a speech.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin salūtātiōn- (stem of salūtātiō) greeting, equivalent to salūtāt(us) (past participle of salūtāre to greet; see salute, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
salutational, adjective
salutationless, adjective
nonsalutation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for salutation
  • The blogosphere has been inundated with people mocking the new salutation and proposing alternative greetings.
  • Typing a formal salutation or sign-off with one's thumbs strains even the starchiest correspondent.
  • Specialisation has a formal salutation, while interdisciplinary has no salutation yet.
  • After you've said what you needed to say, cap the letter off with a succinct and sincere salutation.
  • Kiss, as a mode of salutation, comes from its use to express reverence or worship.
  • He referred to my old-country habit of raising the hat in salutation instead of merely nodding or touching the brim.
  • They being trooped together in their order, and a general salutation being made, there was presently a general silence.
  • The salutation of the gladiators on entering the arena.
  • Type the salutation two lines below the inside address block.
  • Skip another line before the salutation, which should be followed by a colon.
British Dictionary definitions for salutation


an act, phrase, gesture, etc, that serves as a greeting
a form of words used as an opening to a speech or letter, such as Dear Sir or Ladies and Gentlemen
the act of saluting
Word Origin
C14: from Latin salūtātiō, from salūtāre to greet; see salute
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Word Origin and History for salutation

late 14c., from Old French salutacion "greeting," from Latin salutationem (nominative salutatio) "a greeting, saluting," noun of action from past participle stem of salutare "to greet" (see salute (v.)). As a word of greeting (elliptical for "I offer salutation") it is recorded from 1530s. Related: Salutations.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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salutation in the Bible

"Eastern modes of salutation are not unfrequently so prolonged as to become wearisome and a positive waste of time. The profusely polite Arab asks so many questions after your health, your happiness, your welfare, your house, and other things, that a person ignorant of the habits of the country would imagine there must be some secret ailment or mysterious sorrow oppressing you, which you wished to conceal, so as to spare the feelings of a dear, sympathizing friend, but which he, in the depth of his anxiety, would desire to hear of. I have often listened to these prolonged salutations in the house, the street, and the highway, and not unfrequently I have experienced their tedious monotony, and I have bitterly lamented useless waste of time" (Porter, Through Samaria, etc.). The work on which the disciples were sent forth was one of urgency, which left no time for empty compliments and prolonged greetings (Luke 10:4).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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