hel·​lo | \ hə-ˈlō How to pronounce hello (audio) , he- \
plural hellos

Definition of hello

: an expression or gesture of greeting used interjectionally in greeting, in answering the telephone, or to express surprise hello therewaved hello

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Examples of hello in a Sentence

They welcomed us with a warm hello. we said our hellos and got right down to business
Recent Examples on the Web Say goodbye to straining your wrists and hello to comfort with these convenient keyboard rest pads. Rachel Dube, USA TODAY, "23 top-rated things at Amazon that make working from home more enjoyable," 4 Feb. 2021 But Rosemarie walked up to each of them with a smile and a big hello, assisting without hesitation. Ann Givens, Detroit Free Press, "'He killed my baby': Michigan woman 'did everything right' to protect herself from ex," 26 Jan. 2021 The Spurs bid hello to an old friend Wednesday night in San Francisco. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Triple take: Steph Curry is back to being Steph Curry as Warriors rout the Spurs," 21 Jan. 2021 As Thanksgiving approaches, people everywhere are looking for new ways to connect with their families beyond just waving hello on videoconference. Michael Venutolo-mantovani, New York Times, "Family History, Uncovered in Quarantine," 23 Nov. 2020 The introduction was little more than a hello, but marked the beginning of a relationship that has endured since that time. Taryn Luna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Stuck between allies in tech and labor, Newsom won’t weigh in on Uber-backed Prop. 22," 30 Oct. 2020 Henry — who will remain as a voice actor on the show — offered a gracious hello to the man who will follow in his vocal footsteps as Cleveland. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Family Guy finds its new Cleveland," 25 Sep. 2020 One friend, arriving with a platter of food in her hands, backed away quickly when Ms. Brown, keeping a safe distance of six feet, tried to greet her with a hello. New York Times, "With Flags, Crosses and Photos, Mourning 200,000 Dead," 20 Sep. 2020 This weekend, Jonathan Van Ness said sayonara to his long hair and a great big hello to the lob life. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Jonathan Van Ness Just Got a Lob Haircut, and I'm in Love," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of hello

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hello

alteration of hollo

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Last Updated

16 Feb 2021

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“Hello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hello. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hello

used as a greeting
: the act of saying the word hello to someone as a greeting
used when you are answering the telephone


hel·​lo | \ hə-ˈlō How to pronounce hello (audio) , he- \

Kids Definition of hello

used as a greeting or to express surprise

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