Definition of salutatory in US English:



North American
  • (especially of an address) relating to or of the nature of a salutation.

    • ‘Graduation took place on Sunday, May 21. Kelly McCarthy delivered the salutatory address and Lauren Boucher, the valedictory address.’
    • ‘Rachel Tenney Aptekar delivers her salutatory address during Gilroy's graduation ceremony Friday.’
    • ‘After a few salutatory remarks, Kevin directed me to walk alongside him as we continued with our conversation.’


North American
  • An address of welcome, especially one given as an oration by the student ranking second highest in a graduating class at a high school or college.

    • ‘The editors and managers of Black newspapers continue to remind their public of the prevailing mission of their product. They do this in their own speeches, debates, and editorials. They do it in their salutatories, platforms, and slogans.’
    • ‘Marquand gave a salutatory in Latin, Winans in Greek.’
    talk, address, lecture, discourse, oration, disquisition, peroration, declamation, deliverance, presentation
    View synonyms


Late 17th century (as an adjective): from Latin salutatorius, from salutare ‘pay one's respects to’ (see salute).