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 surprisehello 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 Shop Now Say hello to the sustainable lingerie brand that's changing the game. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "13 Best Lingerie Brands for Every Body Type," 3 Feb. 2020 Phyllis Purdoff, the smiling woman who greeted thousands of Brewers fans with a friendly hello in her distinctive Milwaukee accent, has retired. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Phyllis, the Miller Park Designated Driver coupon lady, has handed out her last free soda," 25 Oct. 2019 So on the final night the Warriors finally said goodbye to Oracle Arena, the sell-out crowd and local hip-hop artists yelled out hello for one last time. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ injuries became too much to overcome in Finals loss to Toronto," 14 June 2019 But on the plane, Wilder decided to go ahead and say hello to Rudd, who was headed to the AFC championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans the next day. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Hey, Look at Them. Standup Guy Paul Rudd Did Not Disappoint When It Came to This Chance Encounter," 21 Jan. 2020 This slouchy cardigan for chilly evenings Say hello to your new favorite sweater. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "22 of our favorite finds from Anthropologie's MLK Day sale," 18 Jan. 2020 Tom Steyer could also be seen walking over to the two senators in an attempt to say hello to Sanders. Peter Martinez, CBS News, ""I think you called me a liar on national TV": CNN releases audio between Warren and Sanders at Democratic debate," 16 Jan. 2020 Tucson: Midnight Taco Drop Say hello to 2020 at the historic Hotel Congress. azcentral, "New Year's Eve 2020 parties around Arizona: Here's where to bid farewell to 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 Has any other inductee ever scored four goals against Liverpool and celebrated by saying hello to their dear mother on camera? SI.com, "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2013," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of hello was in 1834

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10 Feb 2020

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“Hello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hello. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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