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 pluralholiday 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 Baakenna exchanged greetings with the men, who appeared to be in their twenties and thirties, then pointed out the path leading up to the refuge. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 News broadcasts and social media sites showed him exchanging nose-to-nose greetings called honi with protesters. NBC News, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson visits Hawaii protesters as envoy prepares talks," 25 July 2019 Currently, the site offers video greetings from thousands of athletes and B-, C- and D-list celebrities. Ally Marotti,, "Want a birthday shoutout from rapper Ice-T? Chicago startup Cameo, which lets fans buy celebrity greetings, gets $50M to expand.," 25 June 2019 Before the festivities came to an end, Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, the Founding Director of the museum, brought warm greetings to the women assembled in the sweeping, sunlit space. Donna M. Owens, Essence, "Museum Summit For Black Women Draws Yara Shahidi, Stacey Abrams And More," 17 June 2019 Arriving in Newport on August 17, 1790, Washington listened to the town’s notables offer greetings, among them a representative from Yeshuat Israel, Newport’s Hebrew congregation. Sam Wineburg, Smithsonian, "What George Washington’s Views on Religion and America Don’t Translate Well to Today’s Politics," 12 June 2019 His wife, Venecia Alcantara, rushes about, offering greetings and telling stories in a booming voice. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019 Mayberry Elementary School Principal Joe LeRoy welcomed students Wednesday with a stream of greetings, instructions and good natured ribbing that continued until the last stragglers made their way to class. Jordan Otero Sisson,, "Connecticut students, teachers head back to school Wednesday," 28 Aug. 2019 Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20, 1969. CBS News, "Man finds 50-year-old message in a bottle from Russian Navy on Alaskan shore," 18 Aug. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Greeting.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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