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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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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."