hel·​lo | \hə-ˈlō, 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


greeting, salutation, salute, welcome


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

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At Pop’s, Jughead briefly says hello to Dilton and Ben (the same Ben who was Ms. Grundy’s student?), who are playing some kind of game, before joining B, V, and A, who are strategizing re: finding the weapon Andre used to kill Cassidy. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 1: Does Archie Go to Jail?," 11 Oct. 2018 Throughout the years her home was known as a hub for the family (near and far) to gather for everything from a quick hello to a celebration for a special occasion. courant.com, "Dolores E. Cannata," 25 May 2018 Just a simple hello and thank you from a humble, sweet soul. Ted Jackson, NOLA.com, "The search for Jackie Wallace," 3 Feb. 2018 Men and women in running shoes emerged from the darkness and traded hellos and high-fives. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Combating homelessness through the power of running — and encouragement," 6 Mar. 2018 Lamar Odom is saying goodbye to the United States — and hello to China! Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Khloé Kardashian's Ex Lamar Odom Reveals That He's 'Decided to Move' to China — Find Out Why," 11 July 2018 That’s right: Just two days after her nuptials with Prince Harry, my closest duchess friend had to say good-bye to her bare legs and hello to a life of hosiery. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "What Things Will Meghan Markle Have to Give Up to Be Royal?," 23 May 2018 Daniel Cormier is saying goodbye to the octagon and hello to high school mats. Cam Smith, USA TODAY, "UFC legend Daniel Cormier to coach high school wrestling in California," 19 Apr. 2018 Wrapped in emergency blankets and appearing visibly frail, 12 boys and their adult coach said hello to the outside world in a brief video message Wednesday from deep inside a cave in northern Thailand where they have been trapped for eleven days. Feliz Solomon / Tham Luang Cave, Time, "Trapped Thai Soccer Team Sends a Message From the Cave," 5 July 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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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, he-\

Kids Definition of hello

used as a greeting or to express surprise

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