Definition of hello
: an expression or gesture of greeting —used interjectionally in greeting, in answering the telephone, or to express surprise hello there waved hello
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 of hello from the Web
In the morning, it’s coffee and casual hellos to the golfers playing through.
Say hello to the new iPod Nano, now featuring a video camera.
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Origin and Etymology of hello
alteration of hollo
First Known Use: 1834
HELLO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hello for English Language Learners
—used as a greeting
: the act of saying the word hello to someone as a greeting
—used when you are answering the telephone
HELLO Defined for Kids
Definition of hello for Students
—used as a greeting or to express surprise
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