A salutation is a greeting, whether it's "Dear sir" in a letter or "Hey there!" in person.

The expression "Greetings and salutations!" contains two words meaning pretty much the same thing: A salutation is a form of greeting. In a letter, the salutation is the part that says "To whom it may concern" or "Dear John." When we talk, we give salutations like "hello," "hi there," "hey," and "welcome." Another more formal type of salutation gives honor to others — like a salute.

Definitions of salutation
  1. noun
    (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
    synonyms: greeting
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    an expression of good will from one person to another
    compliments, regard, wish
    (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare
    reception, response
    the manner in which something is greeted
    enthusiastic greeting
    kiss of peace, pax
    (Roman Catholic Church) a greeting signifying Christian love for those assisting at the Eucharist
    a greeting or reception
    an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat
    hello, hi, how-do-you-do, howdy, hullo
    an expression of greeting
    good morning, morning
    a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
    afternoon, good afternoon
    a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
    military greeting, salute
    a formal military gesture of respect
    calling card, card, visiting card
    a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited
    cordial reception, hospitality
    kindness in welcoming guests or strangers
    unkind and inconsiderate welcome
    glad hand
    a warm welcome; may be insincere
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    acknowledgement, acknowledgment
    a statement acknowledging something or someone
  2. noun
    an act of honor or courteous recognition
    synonyms: salute
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    credit, recognition
  3. noun
    word of greeting used to begin a letter
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    the initial part of the introduction
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