Definition of salutation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    salutation

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌsæljuˈteɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsæljuˈteɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] (formal) something that you say to welcome or say hello to somebody; the action of welcoming or saying hello to somebody They greeted the newcomers with friendly salutations. He raised his hand in salutation.
  2. 2[countable] (specialist) the words that are used in a letter to address the person you are writing to, for example ‘Dear Sir’
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin salutatio(n-), from salutare ‘pay one's respects to’, from salus, salut- ‘health’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: salutation