salutation

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
sal•u•ta•tion /ˌsælyəˈteɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
      • something said, written, or done by way of greeting, welcome, etc.: [countable]In many languages salutations are words referring to good health.[uncountable]a few words in salutation.
      • salutations, [plural] greetings or regards.
  1. [countable] a phrase serving as the greeting in a letter or speech, as Dear Sir in a letter or Ladies and Gentlemen in a speech.
See -salv-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
sal•u•ta•tion  (sal′yə tāshən), 
n. 
  1. the act of saluting.
  2. something uttered, written, or done by way of saluting.
  3. a word or phrase serving as the prefatory greeting in a letter or speech, as Dear Sir in a letter or Ladies and Gentlemen in a speech.
Etymology:
  • Latin salūtātiōn- (stem of salūtātiō) greeting, equivalent. to salūtāt(us) (past participle of salūtāre to greet; see salute, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
  • Middle English 1350–1400
sal′u•tation•al, adj. 
sal′u•tation•less, adj. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

salutation /ˌsæljʊˈteɪʃən/ n
  1. an act, phrase, gesture, etc, that serves as a greeting
  2. a form of words used as an opening to a speech or letter, such as Dear Sir or Ladies and Gentlemen
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin salūtātiō, from salūtāre to greet; see salute



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