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salute

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verb sa·lute \sə-ˈlüt\

Simple Definition of salute

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of salute

saluted

saluting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to address with expressions of kind wishes, courtesy, or honorb :  to give a sign of respect, courtesy, or goodwill to :  greet

  3. 2 :  to become apparent to (one of the senses)

  4. 3a :  to honor (as a person, nation, or event) by a conventional military or naval ceremonyb :  to show respect and recognition to (a military superior) by assuming a prescribed positionc :  to express commendation of :  praise

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make a salute

saluter

noun

Examples of salute in a sentence

  1. We salute our country's soldiers.

  2. The players saluted the fans.

  3. The president saluted her bravery.



Origin and Etymology 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


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salute

noun sa·lute

Simple Definition of salute

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of salute

  1. 1 :  greeting, salutation

  2. 2a :  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

  3. 3 :  firecracker

Examples of salute in a sentence

  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.



14th Century

First Known Use of salute

14th century


SALUTE Defined for Kids

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salute

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verb sa·lute \sə-ˈlüt\

Definition of salute for Students

saluted

saluting

  1. 1 :  to give a sign of respect to (as a military officer) especially by a movement of the right hand to the forehead

  2. 2 :  to show or express respect for :  honor <She was saluted for her bravery.>




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salute

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noun sa·lute

Definition of salute for Students

  1. 1 :  the position taken or the movement made when bringing the right hand to the forehead in a sign of respect (as for a military officer)

  2. 2 :  an act or ceremony that is a show of respect or honor





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