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 And despite the recent angry words, each of us said a polite hello to the other… and both of us were sincere in those sentiments. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 The hand signs for hello and goodbye can be useful in a large group meeting. Anne Quito, Quartz, 25 Mar. 2022 And then reminding us, on the way out, that every farewell is also a hello, and every time to die is a time to be reborn. Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Kristen Stewart and Billie Eilish waved a sweet hello on the gold steps. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 In keeping with the dominant Hollywood origin story of the time, that movie is hailed as an artistic and commercial breakthrough — goodbye nickelodeons, hello movie palaces! New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 At the command post, the lieutenant said a begrudging hello to a woman who was leaving her home, a few yards away. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 After the two said a warm hello, people around them took notice and the establishment gave Steve a nod. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 21 Jan. 2022 Please give a warm hello to Alexandra Meeks, who will be your new daily 5 Things writer starting next week. Aj Willingham, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Hello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hello. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hello


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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