• WordNet 3.6
    • n salutation word of greeting used to begin a letter
    • n salutation (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
    • n salutation an act of honor or courteous recognition "a musical salute to the composer on his birthday"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"I salute you in the name of Jonesville and America." "I salute you in the name of Jonesville and America."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
    • n Salutation 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. "In all public meetings or private addresses, use those forms of salutation , reverence, and decency usual amongst the most sober persons.""Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.""When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb.""I shall not trouble my reader with the first salutes of our three friends."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The military salute originated during the medieval times. Knights in armor used to raise their visors to reveal their identity, and the motion later evolved into the modern-day salute.
    • n salutation 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. It may consist in the expression of kind wishes, bowing, uncovering the head, clasping hands, embracing, or the like: technically applied to liturgical greetings, especially to those between the officiating clergyman and the people.
    • n salutation Quickening; excitement; stimulus.
    • n salutation 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The salute of uniform bodies (eg. army, police) originated from knights who lifted their visors to show their face to a royalty.
    • ns Salutation act of saluting: that which is said in saluting, any customary or ceremonious form of address at meeting or at parting, or of ceremonial on religious or state occasions, including both forms of speech and gestures:
    • ns Salutation (obs.) quickening, excitement: the Angelic Salutation (see Ave)
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  • Gladiator's Salute
    Gladiator's Salute
    “Hail Caesar, those who are about to die salute you.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Seasons pursuing each other the indescribable crowd is gathered, it is the fourth of Seventh-month, (what salutes of cannon and small arms!)”
  • Prutz
    “If you cannot renounce the world the genius of happiness will never salute you.”
  • George Santayana
    “Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.”


Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes - This idiom is used to suggest trying out an idea to see if people accept it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. salutatio,: cf. F. salutation,. See Salute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. salutāre, -ātumsalus, salutis.


In literature:

We did not have long to wait, for Rodolph and his seconds soon followed us down the path, and each party saluted.
"The Tory Maid" by Herbert Baird Stimpson
For rules governing salutes, see "Honors and Salutes," paragraphs 758-765.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
He saluted by placing his left hand over the right side of his chest.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
Tom got up and saluted sharply.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
I made my choice amongst one of my entertainers, and could do no less than salute her.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
Opening a door, several female voices saluted them.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
Rodes, a tall and handsome man, saluted; Alabama saluted.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
The gunner saluted and continued to chop wood.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
I have the honor to salute you with respect.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe

In poetry:

Where men saluted one the other,
Or as they passed or stood,
`Let us coöperate, my brother;
For God is very good.'
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Sweetest lady, ah, the bliss,
Could I but salute thy lips;
But since that can never be,
Let me die, and dream of thee.
"Let Me Die And Dream Of Thee" by Robert C O Benjamin
With banners furled and clarions mute,
An army passes in the night;
And beaming spears and helms salute
The dark with bright.
"The Night March" by Herman Melville
"Awake and sing! 'tis Christmas morn,
Whereon all earth salutes her King!
In Bethlehem is the Shepherd born.
Awake, O little lamb, and sing!"
"Christmas Morning" by Eugene Field
"Like me, the woodland shadows roam
At light (their fairer comrade's) side;
And peace and joy salute our home;
And lo, the sun in all his pride—
My sunshine, come!
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The fight is ended:--the same sun
Has seen the battle lost and won;
The field is cover'd with dying and dead,
With the valiant who stood, and the coward who fled.
And a gallant salute the trumpets sound,
As the warriors gather from victory around.
"The Troubadour. Canto 2" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

In news:

The Vow' gives critics a middle-finger salute.
Flashed a one-finger salute during her line in Madonna 's hit, Give Me All Your Luvin.
Let's salute, preserve our military force .
On November 17, the Wichita Falls Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will put on the third annual "Salute to Wounded Warriors" program.
This was a huge slow jam in it's day and I salute it.
Maccabi USA/Sports salutes this year's ' most valuable player '.
American Motorcyclist Association salutes veterans.
The White House this week is saluting the Central Valley investigators who busted Merced resident and alleged big-time marijuana dealer Arnoldo Herrera.
National Salute to Veterans, a PBS Special.
National Salute to Veterans can be seen Sunday, November 11th at 7:00 pm.
" National Salute to Veterans" features award-winning stars and well-known personalities.
America has a new Veterans Day tradition: the National Salute to Veterans program will air on PBS November 11, 2012.
We salute Jessia and the crew at Adirondack Neurosurgery Associates in Utica.
Salute and pay tribute to the past history of this area and salute all heritages of this region during Old South Day.
Pampa students salute veterans.

In science:

Lov´asz, editors, More sets, graphs and numbers: A Salute to Vera S`os and Andr´as Hajnal, volume 15 of Bolyai Society Mathematical Studies, pages 199–262.
Local resilience and Hamiltonicity Maker-Breaker games in random-regular graphs
Before looking at the new experimental results on CP violation in the neutral B system, one must salute the members of the accelerator physics community that designed and built the asymmetric electron-positron colliding beam machines, the B-factories, that allow these experiments to be done at all.
Workshop Summary
On behalf of the participants in HQ98, it is my pleasure to salute our colleagues for this fine achievement, and to wish them continued success in commissioning our newest accelerator.
Perspectives on Heavy Quark 98