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 Each package also contained several handmade greeting cards created by hundreds of area families wishing the clients a Happy Passover. Sergio Carmona,, "Passover food deliveries make ‘big difference’ for area seniors," 26 Mar. 2021 Murdoch sent poems, greeting cards, and detailed accounts of prison life. Abbott Kahler, Vulture, "How Sara Gruen Lost Her Life," 24 Mar. 2021 No translation was needed for the emotion evoked by her illustrations, which became ubiquitous through their adaptation for greeting cards, calendars, figurines and other collectible merchandise. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Joan Walsh Anglund, illustrator who distilled childhood to its essence, dies at 95," 20 Mar. 2021 This discount extends to custom bags, puzzles, stationery, greeting cards and so much more. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "International Women's Day: Shop these 14 sales to support women-owned businesses," 8 Mar. 2021 Lapointe said the postcard idea developed after the postal service noticed an uptake in people sending greeting cards over the holidays. Washington Post, "Canada Post is sending every household a free postcard to help ‘deliver a smile’," 7 Mar. 2021 His voicemail greeting includes a jeer about former president Donald Trump and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Colorful attorney has reshaped Utah’s landscape one lawsuit at a time," 26 Feb. 2021 In the downtown shop visitors will find apparel, greeting cards, prints, and custom work. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Nashville Travel Guide," 26 Feb. 2021 Like phone calls from their landlines and sending random greeting cards delivered by a real mailman. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "Is the new guy I’m dating being cautious about COVID — or am I getting catfished?," 21 Feb. 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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6 Apr 2021

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“Greeting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 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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