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 pluralholiday greetings

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Birthday gifts are being bought for parties marked with drive-by greetings from the curb. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Still not sure whether your business is essential? There’s a form for that," 14 Apr. 2020 Instead, responses to Smith’s request came in by the thousands: Pictures of from Trinidad and Tobago, , and nighttime Even in Germany sent Brandon a birthday greeting from Munich. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, "A map-loving 12-year old is celebrating his birthday at home. People from across the globe are joining him.," 11 Apr. 2020 Good morning, and greetings from Italy, the new front line in this global health crisis. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets plunge as coronavirus crisis rocks Italy," 24 Feb. 2020 After player intros and a pregame greeting from Drummond, a worst-case scenario unfolded. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons answer honestly: Back-to-back on first 2 nights of season not ideal," 25 Oct. 2019 In fact, on a recent Thursday night, the Canadas enter this Pittsburgh Steelers-themed eatery to a loud greeting from a gaggle of older women seated at the bar. Ross Dellenger,, "Where in the World Is Matt Canada—and Why Doesn't He Have a Job?," 27 Aug. 2019 Russian speakers got ahold of the post on multiple social media platforms and have translated the message in the bottle to be a greeting from the Russian navy, dating back to 1969. Emily Hofstaedter, Anchorage Daily News, "Message in a bottle links Alaska man with a Cold War Russian sailor after a half-century," 16 Aug. 2019 This year's card is much more casual than last year's holiday greeting from the family. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Spanish Royals Look Gorgeous in Their 2018 Family Christmas Card," 13 Dec. 2018 Which is to say nothing of the nicest servers in all the city and the warmest greetings from owner Sammy Konstantakopoulos, who treats everyone like family. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "11 Vogue Staffers Share Their Favorite New York Brunch Haunts," 20 Mar. 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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19 May 2020

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“Greeting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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