salaam

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noun

sa·​laam sə-ˈläm How to pronounce salaam (audio)
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: 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

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verb

salaamed; salaaming; salaams

transitive verb

: to greet or pay homage to with a salaam

intransitive verb

: to perform a salaam

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Arabic salām, literally, peace

First Known Use

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1693, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of salaam was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Salaam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salaam. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

salaam

noun
sa·​laam
sə-ˈläm
: a greeting performed by bowing very low with the palm on the forehead
salaam verb
Etymology

Noun

from Arabic salām "a greeting," literally, "peace"

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