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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n salutatory an opening or welcoming statement (especially one delivered at graduation exercises)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Salutatory A place for saluting or greeting; a vestibule; a porch.
    • a Salutatory Containing or expressing salutations; speaking a welcome; greeting; -- applied especially to the oration which introduces the exercises of the Commencements, or similar public exhibitions, in American colleges.
    • Salutatory (American Colleges) The salutatory oration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • salutatory Of the nature of or pertaining to salutation: as, a salutatory address.
    • n salutatory In the early church, an apartment belonging to a church, or a part of the diaconicum or sacristy, in which the clergy received the greetings of the people.
    • n salutatory The oration, usually in Latin, delivered by the student who ranks second in his class, with which the exercises of a college commencement begin; loosely, any speech of salutation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Salutatory pertaining to salutation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. salutatorius,. See Salute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. salutāre, -ātumsalus, salutis.


In literature:

This was followed by the salutatory address, given by a tall dignified senior.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
After the salutatory phrase at the beginning of a letter, when informal.
"Punctuation" by Frederick W. Hamilton
However she received Gibson's salutatory remark she gave no hint of her feeling in the tone of her voice.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
As it is, I must deliver the Salutatory oration.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
He graduated with the highest honors on the fifteenth of May, 1764, and delivered the Latin salutatory.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864" by Various
A.; his part at Commencement being the salutatory oration.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutatory purpose.
"Key-Notes of American Liberty" by Various
The worthy man bowed, bestowed a salutatory roll of his eyes on Mr. Stuyvesant, and stood deferentially waiting.
"The Sword of Damocles" by Anna Katharine Green