greet·ing | \ˈgrē-tiŋ \

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, 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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Hartley said the pink greeting-card-style envelope was postmarked June 28, the day of the shooting. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Virginia editor receives card apparently sent by accused Capital Gazette shooter," 6 July 2018 The event included greetings from leading philanthropist Dr. Miriam Adelson, who attended with her husband, supporter Sheldon Adelson ; and Birthright Israel co-founder Charles Bronfman. Jewish Journal, "Birthright Israel celebrates 18 years of changing young lives," 3 July 2018 The staff shouted their customary greetings to everyone entering the door. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "MOD Pizza will name a pie after a Naperville student who died from suicide. The restaurant became his second home.," 21 June 2018 From greetings, foods and traditions— Texas is big and old enough to have a culture of its own. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "The history of Texas' most Texas-iest things," 1 June 2018 Typically, inaugural greeting sessions of past mayors have lasted several hours — with family, friends and ordinary citizens all lining up and waiting for a chance to shake hands or to embrace the incoming mayor. Matier & Ross,, "Is San Francisco Mayor Farrell’s big idea of internet-for-all leaving office with him?," 4 July 2018 Nunes's greeting came as a reply to the California Democratic Party's own welcoming of James for agreeing to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "GOP congressman to LeBron: You should have held out for more to cover CA's high tax rates," 2 July 2018 This involves a royal aide announcing a guest’s name to the monarch before greetings are exchanged. NBC News, "Trump is set to meet the queen. Here's what he shouldn't do.," 8 July 2018 The phrase is a nod to a common hospitality greeting uttered by folks who work in the restaurant and market scenes in the Philippines. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "What to Expect at Ma’am Sir, Silver Lake’s Newest Filipino Restaurant and Bar," 31 May 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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Season's Greetings

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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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