verb sa·lute \sə-ˈlüt\

: to give a sign of respect to (a military officer, flag, etc.) by moving your right hand to your forehead : to give a salute to (someone or something)

: to show respect for (someone or something) : to publicly praise (someone or something)


Full Definition of SALUTE

transitive verb
a :  to address with expressions of kind wishes, courtesy, or honor
b :  to give a sign of respect, courtesy, or goodwill to :  greet
:  to become apparent to (one of the senses)
a :  to honor (as a person, nation, or event) by a conventional military or naval ceremony
b :  to show respect and recognition to (a military superior) by assuming a prescribed position
c :  to express commendation of :  praise
intransitive verb
:  to make a salute
sa·lut·er noun

Examples of SALUTE

  1. We salute our country's soldiers.
  2. The players saluted the fans.
  3. The president saluted her bravery.

Origin of SALUTE

Middle English, from Latin salutare, from salut-, salus health, safety, greeting, from salvus safe, healthy — more at safe
First Known Use: 14th century



: the act of moving your right hand to your forehead as a sign of respect to a military officer, flag, etc.

: an act or ceremony that shows respect for someone

Full Definition of SALUTE

a :  a sign, token, or ceremony expressing goodwill, compliment, or respect <the festival was a salute to the arts>
b :  the position (as of the hand) or the entire attitude of a person saluting a superior

Examples of SALUTE

  1. The officers gave the general a salute.
  2. They raised their hands in salute.
  3. The concert was a salute to country music legends.
  4. Twenty-one guns were fired in salute.
  5. We raise our glasses in salute to the newlyweds.

First Known Use of SALUTE

14th century


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