Definition of salutatory in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈlo͞odəˌtôrē/


chiefly North American
(Especially of an address) relating to or of the nature of a salutation.
Example sentences
  • After a few salutatory remarks, Kevin directed me to walk alongside him as we continued with our conversation.
  • Rachel Tenney Aptekar delivers her salutatory address during Gilroy's graduation ceremony Friday.
  • Graduation took place on Sunday, May 21. Kelly McCarthy delivered the salutatory address and Lauren Boucher, the valedictory address.

noun (plural salutatories)

North American
An address of welcome, especially one given as an oration by the student ranking second highest in a graduating class at a high school or college.
Example sentences
  • The editors and managers of Black newspapers continue to remind their public of the prevailing mission of their product. They do this in their own speeches, debates, and editorials. They do it in their salutatories, platforms, and slogans.
  • Marquand gave a salutatory in Latin, Winans in Greek.


Late 17th century (as an adjective): from Latin salutatorius, from salutare 'pay one's respects to' (see salute).

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Syllabification: sa·lu·ta·to·ry

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