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, 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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Each ingredient has a corresponding auspicious greeting with it. Bon Appetit, "Prosperity Salad (Yusheng)," 19 Mar. 2018 Two months after that, ProShots e-mailed a Valentine greeting. David Sedaris, The New Yorker, "Active Shooter," 17 Mar. 2018 She was known as a very attractive women with a warm smile and a friendly greeting., "Deaths in South Florida: 1/28," 28 Jan. 2018 This is Ya-ta-hey, a spot named for the gentle all-purpose Navajo term of greeting. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 Though their encounter during the G20 Summit in July of last year started off as a normal greeting, Trump reached up to repeatedly tap the bottom of Putin’s forearm before it was finished. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "How President Trump Turned Handshakes Into a High-Stakes Showdown," 2 July 2018 Is hugging permissible as a greeting in the American workplace? Peggy Drexler, WSJ, "A Farewell to Arms?," 21 June 2018 Hailey also made a cameo in one of Justin's Father's Day greetings to his dad. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Timeline of Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin's Pre-Proposal Romance," 18 June 2018 Birthday cards to his children and grandchildren were always hand-created, with a haiku or poem as greeting; Christmas cards were original designs painted with Japanese brush and ink and mailed for decades to family and friends., "Harold R. Frazier," 18 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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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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