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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)

Full Definition of salute


  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

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



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

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

  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

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