salute

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verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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)
3
a
: 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
saluter noun

salute

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noun

1
2
a
: 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
3

Examples of salute in a Sentence

Verb We salute our country's soldiers. The players saluted the fans. The president saluted her bravery. Noun 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Cruz saluted the crowd before making his way to home plate, where his dad greeted him with a hug. Scott Allen, Washington Post, 14 July 2024 The social media posts also saluted Judy’s involvement with The Blues Brothers, which Judy was developing into a television series, according to IMDb. Bruce Haring, Deadline, 6 July 2024
Noun
Leonard stated that the England team was under considerable pressure to perform the Nazi salute as a form of appeasement but, by helping Freeman, Sproston can feel less guilty about the pre-match salute. Thomas Schlachter, CNN, 13 July 2024 Six months later, Congress changed the pledge gesture, with those who recite it placing their right hand over their heart to avoid resembling the Nazi salute. The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for salute 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of salute was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Salute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salute. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

salute

1 of 2 verb
sa·​lute sə-ˈlüt How to pronounce salute (audio)
saluted; saluting
1
: to greet with courteous words or a bow
2
a
: to honor by a standard military ceremony
b
: to show respect to by taking the proper position
salute an officer
saluter noun

salute

2 of 2 noun
1
2
a
: a sign or ceremony of goodwill, compliment, or respect
b
: the position taken by a person saluting a military officer

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