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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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 The damage has sidelined those operations of the 32-year-old company for now, though a greeting message on the company's Eagle facility phone line indicated the business was still functioning. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 May 2022 Diplo made his way through the crowd, taking selfies with fans and greeting regulars. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Yes, that welcome light and frosty greeting can lull you into a sense of security. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Before determining the piece could be salvaged, the airport had high-resolution photos taken to re-create it in a window of the new airport’s greeting area. Blake Apgar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Trump either greeting or arm wrestling a dog-sized frog. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 Consistency is essential in your signage, colors, uniforms, telephone greeting—the list goes on and on. Mark Van Wye, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 There is no chirpy greeting, no acknowledgment of being observed at all. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Of course, when shopping for Mother’s Day greeting cards, don’t be afraid to share the love beyond your own mom—or mother figure. Jake Smith, Glamour, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Greeting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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