sa·​lute | \ sə-ˈlüt How to pronounce salute (audio) \
saluted; saluting

Definition of salute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to address with expressions of kind wishes, courtesy, or honor
b : to give a sign of respect, courtesy, or goodwill to : greet
2 : to become apparent to (one of the senses)
3a : to honor (a person, a nation, an event, etc.) by a conventional military or naval ceremony
b : to show respect and recognition to (a military superior) by assuming a prescribed position
c : to express commendation of : praise

intransitive verb

: to make a salute



Definition of salute (Entry 2 of 2)

2a : a sign, token, or ceremony expressing goodwill, compliment, or respect the festival was a salute to the arts
b : the position (as of the hand) or the entire attitude of a person saluting a superior

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Other Words from salute


saluter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for salute

Synonyms: Verb

acclaim, accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, tout

Synonyms: Noun

greeting, hello, salutation, welcome

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

Antonyms: Noun

adieu, bon voyage, congé (also congee), farewell, Godspeed, good-bye (or good-by)

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Examples of salute in a Sentence


We salute our country's soldiers. The players saluted the fans. The president saluted her bravery.


The officers gave the general a salute. They raised their hands in salute. The concert was a salute to country music legends. Twenty-one guns were fired in salute. We raise our glasses in salute to the newlyweds.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Notably, the documentary appears to have captured several moments that international news organizations missed — including one awkward moment when Trump was saluted by a North Korean military leader. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Documentary shows Trump saluting North Korean general," 14 June 2018 Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone, Live Nation Urban president Shawn Gee and RCA Records exec VP of A&R Tunji Balogun are among the honorees who will be saluted at the Culture Creators 2018 Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Culture Creators Reveals 2018 Honorees," 12 June 2018 Hundreds of years of military service were saluted during the fifth annual Red, White and Blue Masquerade held Friday (May 11) at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. Carol Wolfram,, "Red, White and Blue Masquerade: Military heroes saluted," 12 May 2018 Wagner, who was saluted on social media for consoling a distraught Houston player on Saturday, could have comfortably stopped by the Aggies’ locker room at halftime to offer condolences for the loss. Mike Tierney, New York Times, "Michigan Blows Out Texas A&M (and Then Plays the Second Half)," 22 Mar. 2018 Moon and Kim and their wives shook the hands of North Korean and South Korean officials before they were saluted by a North Korean ceremonial guard. Fox News, "The Latest: Kim says summit with Trump stabilized region," 18 Sep. 2018 That trip was made possible by Honor Flight Cleveland - a nonprofit organization that will be saluted, along with its president, Joe Benedict, in the annual Joint Veterans' Council of Cuyahoga County (JVCOCC) luncheon on February 17. Brian Albrecht,, "Navy vet and group that flew 4,000 Honor Flight Cleveland vets to Washington to be saluted (video, photos)," 11 Feb. 2018 Thousands of Twitter users—including Senator Kamala Harris and journalist Jemele Hill—took note, saluting her A-plus-plus performance. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5 Things to Know About Katelyn Ohashi, the UCLA Gymnast Whose Floor Routine Just Went Viral," 15 Jan. 2019 The White House, however, is not viewing Trump saluting a North Korean general as a mistake. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Sarah Sanders calls Trump's salute to North Korean general 'common courtesy'," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The president also said returning a military salute to a North Korean three-star general was being respectful., "The Latest on Trump and North Korea," 15 June 2018 Following the celebratory formalities, including a gun salute in one of the London parks, the couple is expected to take their baby home to nearby Kensington Palace, where great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth may then visit. Erin Hill,, "It's a Boy! Prince William and Kate Middleton's Third Royal Baby Is Here," 23 Apr. 2018 The ceremony concluded with a bagpipe player, the handing of the U.S. flag to the berieved, a three-volley gun salute, a taps rendition and a final missing man formation flyover. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena community honors former police chief as man of integrity," 29 Jan. 2018 The banning of a German team for failing to give the Heil Hitler salute is made analogous to Mr. Trump’s condemnation of NFL players for taking a knee. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Review: Hot and Bothersome," 20 Sep. 2018 The ceremony will include participants dressed in Civil War regulation uniforms, a rifle salute, the sounding of taps and an invocation by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Historical marker honoring Civil War veterans at Calvary Cemetery to be dedicated on Gettysburg anniversary," 29 June 2018 The national anthem will be sung by Bob Schulken; taps will be played by 2nd U.S. Calvary Regimental Brass Band, and the Frontier Army of the West will perform a rifle salute. Linda Mcintosh,, "Poker Tourney raises $250K for Boys&Girls news," 25 May 2018 The names of local veterans who died in service will be read at the cemetery, along with the playing of taps and a rifle salute. Kimberly Fornek,, "Parades, processions and ceremonies to mark Memorial Day in Elmhurst, Hinsdale," 21 May 2018 Meanwhile, the usual royal birth traditions carried on: Church bells rang at Westminster Abbey and gun salutes boomed in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Royal baby: Pippa Middleton rushes to meet her new baby nephew," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of salute


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salute


Middle English, from Latin salutare, from salut-, salus health, safety, greeting, from salvus safe, healthy — more at safe

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English Language Learners Definition of salute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give a sign of respect to (a military officer, flag, etc.) by moving your right hand to your forehead : to give a salute to (someone or something)
: to show respect for (someone or something) : to publicly praise (someone or something)



English Language Learners Definition of salute (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of moving your right hand to your forehead as a sign of respect to a military officer, flag, etc.
: an act or ceremony that shows respect for someone


sa·​lute | \ sə-ˈlüt How to pronounce salute (audio) \
saluted; saluting

Kids Definition of salute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give a sign of respect to (as a military officer) especially by a movement of the right hand to the forehead
2 : to show or express respect for : honor She was saluted for her bravery.



Kids Definition of salute (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the position taken or the movement made when bringing the right hand to the forehead in a sign of respect (as for a military officer)
2 : an act or ceremony that is a show of respect or honor

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