salutation

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French salutacion, from Latin salutatio (a greeting, a wishing health to), from saluto (wish one’s health, greet), from salus (well-being). Compare the Latin greeting salve (“be well”).

Noun[edit]

salutation (countable and uncountable, plural salutations)

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  1. A greeting, salute, or address; a hello.
  2. The act of greeting.
    • 1791, John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] [1], London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, OCLC 37805775, page 550:
      Welcome, we²l'ku²m. a.
      Received with gladneſs, admitted willingly, grateful []
      Welcome, we²l'ku²m. interj.
      A form of ſalutation uſed to a new comer.
  3. (obsolete) Quickening; excitement.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin salutatio, salutationem.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sa.ly.ta.sjɔ̃/
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Noun[edit]

salutation f (plural salutations)

  1. greeting

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