Meaning of salutation

sal•u•ta•tion

Pronunciation: (sal"yu-tā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of saluting.
  2. something uttered, written, or done by way of saluting.
  3. a word or phrase serving as the prefatory greeting in a letter or speech, as Dear Sir in a letter or Ladies and Gentlemen in a speech.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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