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1A gesture or utterance made as a greeting or acknowledgement of another's arrival or departure:‘we greeted them but no one returned our salutations’[mass noun] ‘he raised his glass in salutation’
greeting, salute, address, hail, welcome, toast, tribute, homage, obeisanceView synonyms
- ‘The man nodded politely to us as they passed and Angus returned the salutation.’
- ‘He raised one hand in salutation, welcoming one and all in a melancholy voice.’
- ‘Grenada shares a common Caribbean culture base with many other islands in the Lesser Antilles, including music, literature, greetings and salutations, food, and family structure.’
- ‘I find that nothing makes conversation quite so impossible as greetings and salutations.’
- ‘Asriel comes into the house, Flora greets him in English, and he returns her salutation in Yiddish.’
- 1.1 A standard formula of words used in a letter to address the person being written to:‘we would not expect a love letter to include a formal address and salutation’
- ‘She began the letter with a polite salutation: ‘Your Excellency.’’
- ‘We would expect the latter to be considerably more personal and informal than the former, and we would probably not expect a love letter to include a formal address and salutation.’
- ‘For example, the undulating pattern of bold word and definition signal a dictionary while the juxtapositioning of date, address and salutation denote a letter.’
- ‘At one time the conventional letter salutation employed when writing to a business person whose name was unknown was ‘Dear Sir.’’
- ‘The email addresses are in the salutation to the letter.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin salutatio(n-), from salutare pay one's respects to (see salute).
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