Definition of "salutation" [sal•u•ta•tion]

  • A polite expression of greeting or goodwill. (noun)
  • Greetings indicating respect and affection; regards. (noun)
  • A gesture of greeting, such as a bow or kiss. (noun)
  • A word or phrase of greeting used to begin a letter or message. (noun)
  • An act, phrase, gesture, etc, that serves as a greeting (noun)

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  • A form of words used as an opening to a speech or letter, such as Dear Sir or Ladies and Gentlemen (noun)
  • The act of saluting (noun)

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Use "salutation" in a sentence
  • "I was very much interested in your introduction and I am sure my good friend, our good Mayor, will agree that when you are addressed with your titles, oftentimes the salutation is a flattering, seeking a favour."
  • "Although, I agree that the ending salutation is a bit bland."
  • "The ending salutation is understated, but I think it works."