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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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 There were some strong headwear choices on show, as well as some sweet, warm greetings between the sisters-in-law, and one particular special moment which has got everybody talking. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Was Caught Crying at the Commonwealth Service," 12 Mar. 2019 Warm greeting on the bench for Januzaj from Thierry Henry, the French World Cup winner who is now a member of Martinez’s coaching staff. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Belgium Beats England, but Faces Tougher World Cup Bracket," 29 June 2018 Namaste is the name of a traditional Hindu greeting, used in India and Nepal, and not, except among the Indian diaspora, in Malaysia or Indonesia. James Griffiths, CNN, "'Masterchef' judge accused of 'whitesplaining' over crispy rendang spat," 4 Apr. 2018 The family's holiday greeting features the above photo, which was taken by Matt Porteous at the family's home Anmer Hall and released earlier this morning. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince George Stole the Show in the Royal Family Christmas Card This Year," 14 Dec. 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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