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[suh-loo-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /səˈlu təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
pertaining to or of the nature of a salutation.
noun, plural salutatories.
a welcoming address, especially one given at the beginning of commencement exercises in some U.S. high schools and colleges by the salutatorian.
Origin of salutatory
1635-45; < Medieval Latin salūtātōrius, equivalent to Latin salūtā(re) to salute + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
salutatorily, adverb
unsalutatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for salutatory
Historical Examples
  • Her valedictory, like her salutatory, was a diffuse apology for their intrusion upon the sacredness of the installation-eve.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • It was Freneau's salutatory at the beginning of his new career in Philadelphia.

  • The salutatory of the Dial, dated 1840, stated the case against the national mugginess clearly.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • This was followed by the salutatory address, given by a tall dignified senior.

  • The warmest praise came from the poets,—the "high, impassioned few" of her "salutatory."

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • On others, salutatory expressions are sometimes found, such as "Hail to thee;" "Happy as possible."

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The worthy man bowed, bestowed a salutatory roll of his eyes on Mr. Stuyvesant, and stood deferentially waiting.

    The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green
  • After the salutatory phrase used by a speaker in addressing the chairman or the audience.

    Why We Punctuate William Livingston Klein
  • He neither sings a Godspeeding ode to the runaway king, nor a salutatory to the new comers.

  • As the salutatory phrase in No. 94 is a paragraph, a dash would follow the colon.

    Why We Punctuate William Livingston Klein
British Dictionary definitions for salutatory


/səˈluːtətərɪ; -trɪ/
of, relating to, or resembling a salutation
Derived Forms
salutatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for salutatory

1690s, "pertaining to a salutation," from Latin salutatorius "pertaining to visiting or greeting," from salut-, past participle stem of salutare "to greet" (see salute (v.)). From 1702 in reference to an address which welcomes those attending commencement exercises.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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