greet·​ing | \ ˈgrē-tiŋ How to pronounce greeting (audio) \

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


hello, salutation, salute, welcome


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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The informal greeting says a lot about Kate's status within the royal family. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Kissing the Queen on the Cheek Reveals a LOT About Her Status in the Royal Family," 25 May 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started the birthday greetings early, releasing new portraits of Charlotte in honor of her fourth year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Is Going to Have a "Rowdy" Birthday Party, According to Prince William," 2 May 2019 Kensington Palace also shared the picture from the Cambridge family holiday greeting, and Clarence House posted Charles and Camilla's as well. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Christmas Card Features a Gorgeous Unseen Photo From Their Wedding," 14 Dec. 2018 The greeting is a daily ritual in Ashley Taylor's kindergarten class at Keene Elementary School. Julie Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Texas kindergartner melts hearts as a classroom greeter in viral video," 30 May 2018 Smart Compose will suggest complete sentences once a user starts an email—everything from the greeting to the closing, and common phrases in between. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Google's New 'Smart Compose' Feature Will Use AI to Write Emails For You," 8 May 2018 The historic greeting of the two leaders, which may be the images most remembered from the summit, was planned to the last detail, though the multiple border crossings may have been impromptu., "North Korea glorifies 'immortal achievement' with South one day after summit, repeats nuclear promises," 27 Apr. 2018 The historic greeting of the two leaders, which may be the images most remembered from the summit, was planned to the last detail, though the multiple border crossings may have been impromptu. Foster Klug, The Christian Science Monitor, "In historic summit, Korean leaders repeat commitment to denuclearize," 27 Apr. 2018 No one comes through that door without getting a greeting from us and a smile. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Yelp names OddBalls Nifty Thrift fifth best in U.S. | SummerTimeOut," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of greeting

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

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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


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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