AskDefine | Define salutation

Dictionary Definition



1 an act of honor or courteous recognition; "a musical salute to the composer on his birthday" [syn: salute]
2 (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting) [syn: greeting]
3 word of greeting used to begin a letter

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin salutatio “a greeting, a wishing health to,” from saluto “wish one’s health, greet,” from salus “well-being.” Cf. the Latin greeting salve “be well.”


  1. A greeting, salute, or address; a hello.
  2. The act of greeting.
  3. The title in your name, such as Mr, Mrs, Ms., Dr. or Rev..


act of greeting

Extensive Definition

Salutation may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accost, address, bend, bending the knee, bob, bow, bowing and scraping, citation, curtsy, dipping the colors, embrace, eulogy, genuflection, greeting, hail, hand-clasp, handshake, hello, homage, how-do-you-do, hug, inclination, kiss, kneeling, kowtow, making a leg, nod, obeisance, obsequiousness, panegyric, presenting arms, prostration, reverence, salaam, salute, scrape, servility, smile, smile of recognition, standing at attention, submission, submissiveness, tribute, wave
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