Definitions

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

  • n. A polite expression of greeting or goodwill.
  • n. Greetings indicating respect and affection; regards.
  • n. A gesture of greeting, such as a bow or kiss.
  • n. A word or phrase of greeting used to begin a letter or message.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of saluting, or paying respect or reverence, by the customary words or actions; the act of greeting, or expressing good will or courtesy; also, that which is uttered or done in saluting or greeting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of saluting or greeting, or of paying respect or reverence by customary words or actions or forms of address; also, that which is spoken, written, or done in the act of saluting or greeting.
  • n. Quickening; excitement; stimulus.
  • n. Synonyms Greeting, Salutation, Salute. A greeting generally expresses a person's sense of pleasure or good wishes upon meeting another. Salutation and salute are by derivation a wishing of health, and are still modified by that idea. A salutation is personal, a salute official or formal; salutation suggests the act of the person saluting, salute is the thing done; a salutation is generally in words, a salute may be by cheers, the dipping of colors, the roll of drums, the firing of cannon, etc.

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

  • n. word of greeting used to begin a letter
  • n. (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
  • n. an act of honor or courteous recognition

Etymologies

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.” (Wiktionary)

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