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 doll-like device can manage simple hello-how-are-you type conversations and adjust room heating and lighting in response to voice commands. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots," 14 Jan. 2019 Keep your cool and calm their jitters by giving them a warm hi and a quick hello hug. Seventeen, "7 Tips to Rock Your First Date!," 30 Oct. 2018 After being greeted upon their arrival, the duchess said hello to a few well-wishers gathered on-site. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stuns in a Red Carolina Herrera Coat for a Surprise Trip to Ireland with Prince William," 27 Feb. 2019 Sam, who was laid to rest near the tiny chapel at Blackberry Farm, was a guy who knew the names of everyone who worked for him and always had time for hello despite his own unstoppable velocity. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 To deal with the hello-message problem, the packets that carry those messages are simplified. The Economist, "A new type of battlefield network is in development," 14 June 2018 Say hello to Ultima Thule, the farthest solar-system object ever visited by a spacecraft. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Our Best Look So Far at Ultima Thule," 2 Jan. 2019 The couple said hello to fans after the service, and Meghan draped her hand over Harry's back. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "This Is Why Meghan and Harry Showed PDA While William and Kate Didn't at Christmas Service," 25 Dec. 2018 Say hello to Microsoft, the 1990s home-computing powerhouse that is having a renaissance moment – eclipsing Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other tech darlings of the late decade. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Apple’s stock sours, Microsoft’s soars. Say what?!," 27 Nov. 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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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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