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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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 After exchanging their hellos (and maybe having more tea?), the family had a wedding rehearsal. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Meghan Markle’s Mom Finally Met the Royal Family," 17 May 2018 Say hello to the Global Link, a personal communicator, scanner, and all-around smartphone-before-smartphones with what’s, presumably, a roll-up display in its innards. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Science fiction shows why Samsung’s folding phones might thrive," 14 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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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