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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. an act of honor or courteous recognition;
- Example: "a musical salute to the composer on his birthday"
[syn: salute, salutation]

2. (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting);
[syn: greeting, salutation]

3. word of greeting used to begin a letter;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Salutation \Sal`u*ta"tion\, n. [L. salutatio: cf. F. salutation. See Salute.] 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. [1913 Webster] In all public meetings or private addresses, use those forms of salutation, reverence, and decency usual amongst the most sober persons. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] Syn: Greeting; salute; address. Usage: Salutation, Greeting, Salute. Greeting is the general word for all manner of expressions of recognition, agreeable or otherwise, made when persons meet or communicate with each other. A greeting may be hearty and loving, chilling and offensive, or merely formal, as in the opening sentence of legal documents. Salutation more definitely implies a wishing well, and is used of expressions at parting as well as at meeting. It is used especially of uttered expressions of good will. Salute, while formerly and sometimes still in the sense of either greeting or salutation, is now used specifically to denote a conventional demonstration not expressed in words. The guests received a greeting which relieved their embarrassment, offered their salutations in well-chosen terms, and when they retired, as when they entered, made a deferential salute. [1913 Webster] Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. --Luke xi. 43. [1913 Webster] When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb. --Luke i. 41. [1913 Webster] I shall not trouble my reader with the first salutes of our three friends. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

salutation n 1: an act of honor or courteous recognition; "a musical salute to the composer on his birthday" [syn: salute, salutation] 2: (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting) [syn: greeting, salutation] 3: word of greeting used to begin a letter
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

44 Moby Thesaurus words for "salutation": accost, address, bend, bending the knee, bob, bow, bowing and scraping, citation, curtsy, dipping the colors, embrace, eulogy, genuflection, greeting, hail, hand-clasp, handshake, hello, homage, how-do-you-do, hug, inclination, kiss, kneeling, kowtow, making a leg, nod, obeisance, obsequiousness, panegyric, presenting arms, prostration, reverence, salaam, salute, scrape, servility, smile, smile of recognition, standing at attention, submission, submissiveness, tribute, wave
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Salutation "Eastern modes of salutation are not unfrequently so prolonged as to become wearisome and a positive waste of time. The profusely polite Arab asks so many questions after your health, your happiness, your welfare, your house, and other things, that a person ignorant of the habits of the country would imagine there must be some secret ailment or mysterious sorrow oppressing you, which you wished to conceal, so as to spare the feelings of a dear, sympathizing friend, but which he, in the depth of his anxiety, would desire to hear of. I have often listened to these prolonged salutations in the house, the street, and the highway, and not unfrequently I have experienced their tedious monotony, and I have bitterly lamented useless waste of time" (Porter, Through Samaria, etc.). The work on which the disciples were sent forth was one of urgency, which left no time for empty compliments and prolonged greetings (Luke 10:4).