hello

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for hello

Synonyms

greeting, salutation, salute, welcome

Antonyms

adieu, bon voyage, congé (also congee), farewell, Godspeed, good-bye (or good-by)

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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

The three split up and said hello to friends when Vance approached Salomon. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Army reprimands retired four-star general in alleged groping incident from 25 years ago," 13 June 2019 Shoot, running back Devontae Booker threw the previous quarterbacks under the bus by saying Flacco actually says hello to him on the hallway. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: Does Joe Flacco really have John Elway’s full support?," 11 June 2019 The athlete wandered up and gave a perfunctory sniff of hello to a stranger, then wandered away again. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Meet Spitty, the Whippet Who Holds Five World Records," 22 June 2018 Even a stranger knocking on doors one recent day was greeted with warm hellos and invitations to come in. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "On the street where he lived, fear grew slowly," 3 Mar. 2018 Say goodbye to straws and hello to reusable packaging. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Health Food Trends to Be on the Lookout for in 2019," 11 Dec. 2018 AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Say goodbye to NAFTA — and hello to USMCA. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday.," 30 Nov. 2018 Say hello to schneid, another of the new kids, this one with German roots. Leanne Italie, Fox News, "Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK,' 'ew' to official play along with hundreds of other new words," 24 Sep. 2018 Say hello to schneid, another of the new kids, this one with German roots. Leanne Itali, The Seattle Times, "Yowza! Scrabble dictionary update adds ‘OK,’ ‘ew’ to official play," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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More Definitions for hello

hello

noun

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

hello

interjection
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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