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 greeting cards, journals and home décor were then featured on QVC. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure Shares Huge Career News and Her Fans Are Freaking Out," 24 Apr. 2021 Individuals, 18 years of age and older, who are interested in greeting, directing, escorting and transporting patients for therapy services or to the vaccination clinic are encouraged to apply. Post-tribune Staff,, "Community news," 13 Apr. 2021 Certainly not the traditional greeting between county rivals before a field hockey game, but exceptions can be made when one coach changed the other coach’s diapers. Pat Stoetzer,, "‘Fun’ family feud goes to South Carroll field hockey in win against Manchester Valley," 12 Mar. 2021 The rhyming word Fussgruss (foot greeting), for example. Washington Post, "No social distancing — or Mindestabstandsregelung — for words in Germany’s complex pandemic lexicon," 1 Mar. 2021 Along with the photo, the family shared a greeting for the holiday season and new year written in both Spanish and English, complete with the signatures of Felipe, Letizia, Leonor and Sofia. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Spanish Royal Family Shared an Adorable Holiday Card," 16 Dec. 2020 The two and a half minute video, focused on the natural world, includes a short greeting, a question from each of Prince William and Duchess Kate's children and an answer from Attenborough. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Too cute! Watch royal children George, Charlotte, Louis quiz Sir David Attenborough about nature," 3 Oct. 2020 Michael’s special education teacher started sending her not only a video greeting for Michael and lesson plans and timing for everything every day, but also a five- to six-minute video for Ms. Leitz. Hallie Golden, The Christian Science Monitor, "Parents vs. teachers? For special education, together is better.," 10 Aug. 2020 But there is an instant greeting — whether from Gabriela Garcia or manager Ryan Hudson at the cash register or from Tilem. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Pioneer Hardware is one of the last reminders that Beverly Hills is more than just a glitzy ZIP Code," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Greeting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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