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 Behavioral vaccines focused on supportive connection can involve offering an enthusiastic hello when meeting, building confidence about assignments by giving wise feedback and encouraging students to ask questions. Sandra M. Chafouleas, The Conversation, "Bringing ‘behavioral vaccines’ to school: 5 ways educators can support student well-being," 8 Apr. 2021 In the event anybody in the rover’s vicinity calls out a hello, the mic will surely capture that, too. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Listen to the Sounds of NASA's Perseverance Rover Driving on Mars," 18 Mar. 2021 One Romani shopkeeper would nod every day in response to a cheerful hello and then politely shake his head when Smith asked to take his picture. oregonlive, "Rediscovered images of 1970s Old Town capture long-gone era in Portland, power photographer’s social-media fandom," 1 Mar. 2021 Demi Lovato said goodbye to her pink pixie and hello to baby bangs and an even shorter cut. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Demi Lovato Rocks Baby Bangs After Cutting Hair Even Shorter," 28 Feb. 2021 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

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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

17 Apr 2021

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