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 Whitney, a new 65-room luxury boutique hotel in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "The Whitney is a former nurses’ dorm, transformed with care," 20 Aug. 2019 Take your appetite here, where a chorus of hellos never fails to greet customers at the host stand and the bartender is apt to introduce himself (and ask for your name in return). Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 24 July 2019 Say hello to Leipzig's new manage: Julian Nagelsmann, one of the most exciting tactical talents in world football. SI.com, "Ethan Ampadu: RB Leipzig Is the Perfect Loan Destination for the Wales Starlet," 20 July 2019 As detailed in a report released Thursday by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice, Loretta Lynch, then the attorney general, expected not much more than a quick hello. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Chatty ex-president, wary AG: Report details Sky Harbor meeting between Clinton and Lynch," 14 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce hello (audio) , he-\

Kids Definition of hello

used as a greeting or to express surprise

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