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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And how will Kavanaugh respond to their greetings? 6. Colby Itkowitz, The Seattle Times, "6 things to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union address," 5 Feb. 2019 There were some strong headwear choices on show, as well as some sweet, warm greetings between the sisters-in-law, and one particular special moment which has got everybody talking. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Was Caught Crying at the Commonwealth Service," 12 Mar. 2019 Warm greeting on the bench for Januzaj from Thierry Henry, the French World Cup winner who is now a member of Martinez’s coaching staff. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Belgium Beats England, but Faces Tougher World Cup Bracket," 29 June 2018 Namaste is the name of a traditional Hindu greeting, used in India and Nepal, and not, except among the Indian diaspora, in Malaysia or Indonesia. James Griffiths, CNN, "'Masterchef' judge accused of 'whitesplaining' over crispy rendang spat," 4 Apr. 2018 The family's holiday greeting features the above photo, which was taken by Matt Porteous at the family's home Anmer Hall and released earlier this morning. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince George Stole the Show in the Royal Family Christmas Card This Year," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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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