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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An opening or welcoming statement or address, especially one delivered at graduation exercises.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or expressing a salutation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of a salutation or greeting.
  • n. A greeting or an address or speech of greeting.
  • n. A place for saluting or greeting; a vestibule; a porch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing or expressing salutations; speaking a welcome; greeting; -- applied especially to the oration which introduces the exercises of the Commencements, or similar public exhibitions, in American colleges.
  • n. A place for saluting or greeting; a vestibule; a porch.
  • n. The salutatory oration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of or pertaining to salutation: as, a salutatory address.
  • n. In the early church, an apartment belonging to a church, or a part of the diaconicum or sacristy, in which the clergy received the greetings of the people.
  • n. The oration, usually in Latin, delivered by the student who ranks second in his class, with which the exercises of a college commencement begin; loosely, any speech of salutation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an opening or welcoming statement (especially one delivered at graduation exercises)

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