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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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 the cutest new thingamabobs: Little Mermaid ears. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Disney Just Released Minnie Mouse Ears Inspired by The Little Mermaid, and I Need Them," 2 July 2019 Usually just a hello with a smile is sufficient for greetings, though someone may surprise you with a bear hug at your departure. National Geographic, "See Jerusalem like a Nat Geo Explorer," 16 Apr. 2019 Say hello to Erik, who — surprise! — is actually a super himself, and a character with a history in Marvel comics. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Jessica Jones' New Season 3 Guy, Erik, Comes With Shady Comic Book History," 15 June 2019 Boyd congratulated Rutschman and said hello to his parents and almost signed an autograph for a young kid, but – heading out to the bullpen for a major league start – went with a fist bump instead. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Matthew Boyd returns to Omaha, roughed up by Kansas City Royals," 14 June 2019 Initially created last year by the London artist Andrea Greenlees for the annual Nevada art festival, the robot now waves hello to NoLibs visitors. Grace Dickinson, https://www.inquirer.com, "The Piazza Pod Park opens in Northern Liberties on Saturday. Here’s what to expect," 4 June 2019 The three split up and said hello to friends when Vance approached Salomon. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Army reprimands retired four-star general in alleged groping incident from 25 years ago," 13 June 2019 Shoot, running back Devontae Booker threw the previous quarterbacks under the bus by saying Flacco actually says hello to him on the hallway. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: Does Joe Flacco really have John Elway’s full support?," 11 June 2019 The athlete wandered up and gave a perfunctory sniff of hello to a stranger, then wandered away again. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Meet Spitty, the Whippet Who Holds Five World Records," 22 June 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 How to pronounce hello (audio) , he-\

Kids Definition of hello

used as a greeting or to express surprise

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