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 free festival features a community resource fair, children’s activities, food and drinks for purchase, greetings from leaders — and, this year, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel. Staff Report,, "Join in Israel Fest at Mizner Park to celebrate state’s 70th birthday," 17 Apr. 2018 The Swedish Royal Court unveiled the new photo on its official Instagram with a sweet greeting for the royal. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Sofia of Sweden Celebrates Her 34th Birthday with a Stunning Portrait," 6 Dec. 2018 The first-ever Christmas card soon inspired copycats, with holiday greetings taking off both in Britain and the United States by the end of the century. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Old Christmas Cards Might Be Worth Serious Money," 16 Nov. 2018 During last Sunday’s Tricentennial Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, Romig was flooded with greetings from well-wishers, some wearing suits, others sporting New Orleans Saints football jerseys. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial with ease as San Antonio fights for success," 12 Jan. 2018 Before taking off with their little one, the Duchess of Sussex made sure to thank royal fans for their kind greetings about the baby. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Says Being a Mom Is "Magic" During the Royal Baby's Debut," 8 May 2019 The duchesses also gave the Queen a respectful greeting—with two curtsies rather than a hug and kiss. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Greet Each Other with a Hug at Westminster Abbey," 11 Mar. 2019 Inside, Harry and Meghan were given a traditional rose water greeting and mingled with military representatives and female entrepreneurs. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Standout Moments From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Whirlwind Morocco Tour," 25 Feb. 2019 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

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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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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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