greeting

noun
greet·​ing | \ ˈgrē-tiŋ \

Definition of greeting

1 : a salutation at meeting
2 : an expression of good wishes : regards usually used in plural holiday greetings

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Synonyms & Antonyms for greeting

Synonyms

hello, salutation, salute, welcome

Antonyms

adieu, bon voyage, congé (also congee), farewell, Godspeed, good-bye (or good-by)

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Examples of greeting in a Sentence

He addressed the members of the delegation with a formal greeting. the volunteer directed the conference participants towards the coffee after offering them a cheerful greeting

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Unlike Uber, which requires users to at the very least exchange a greeting with their driver, the labor done by Flex drivers is nearly invisible. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Amazon is cutting costs with its own delivery service — but its drivers don’t receive benefits," 26 Dec. 2018 Opening an envelope and seeing your name on it is way more impressive than a generic greeting. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "8 Tips from Calligraphists to Improve Your Penmanship Before Thank-You Card Time," 25 Dec. 2018 If students aren’t familiar with email protocol, provide a little coaching in advance on suitable greetings, punctuation and capitalization, says Joan K. Casey, president of Educational Advocates, a Brookline, Mass., consulting firm. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Survive College-Application Season With the Family in One Piece," 11 Dec. 2018 With that in mind, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are sending out their first holiday greeting as a married couple this December. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Christmas Card Features a Gorgeous Unseen Photo From Their Wedding," 14 Dec. 2018 During one visit, the agent interrupted to say Mr. Guzmán couldn’t tell his daughters to give his greetings to their mother, the defense said. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Trial of ‘El Chapo’ Poses Unprecedented Challenges," 12 Nov. 2018 Many people already outsource their birthday greetings to Facebook, although not without some consternation. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "You can buy a wearable camera to track your social life," 12 Dec. 2018 As is age appropriate, talk with your kid about why an adult might want a hug or a kiss in greeting. Miriam Foley, Good Housekeeping, "We're Family, But You Have to Stop Trying to Kiss My Daughter," 3 Dec. 2018 Write the name or greeting big, leave space between the letters. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "8 Tips from Calligraphists to Improve Your Penmanship Before Thank-You Card Time," 25 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of greeting

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of greeting was before the 12th century

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greeting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of greeting

: something that is said or done to show people that you are happy to meet or see them
: a message that expresses good wishes to someone

greeting

noun
greet·​ing | \ ˈgrē-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of greeting

1 : an expression of pleasure on meeting or seeing someone
2 : an expression of good wishes

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