salaam

noun
sa·​laam | \ sə-ˈläm How to pronounce salaam (audio) \

Definition of salaam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an obeisance performed by bowing very low and placing the right palm on the forehead
2 : a salutation or ceremonial greeting in the East

salaam

verb
salaamed; salaaming; salaams

Definition of salaam (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to greet or pay homage to with a salaam

intransitive verb

: to perform a salaam

First Known Use of salaam

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1693, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for salaam

Noun

Arabic salām, literally, peace

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“Salaam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salaam. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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