hello

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noun hel·lo \hə-ˈlō, he-\

Definition of hello

plural

hellos

  1. :  an expression or gesture of greeting —used interjectionally in greeting, in answering the telephone, or to express surprise

Examples of hello in a sentence

  1. They welcomed us with a warm hello.

  2. <we said our hellos and got right down to business>

Origin and Etymology of hello

alteration of hollo


First Known Use: 1877


HELLO Defined for English Language Learners

hello

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noun hel·lo \hə-ˈlō, he-\

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

hello

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interjection hel·lo \hə-ˈlō, he-\

Definition of hello for Students

  1. —used as a greeting or to express surprise



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