: an expression of respectful greeting performed by placing the palms together, bowing the head slightly, and saying "namaste" and that is used traditionally by Hindus in South Asia
The traditional Indian greeting is the namaste: Raise your hands together toward your chin in a prayerlike position, as you lower your eyes and bow slightly.—National Geographic Traveler More beautiful than the mountainscape were the people: responding with friendly namastes, peering out from their windows and doorways as we passed by.—Anker Heegaard
—often used interjectionally Guber opens her eyes. "Thank you all for being such great yogis! Namaste," she says, and the kids answer in unison: "Namaste."—Anne-Marie O'Connor
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