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

In honor of D-Day's anniversary, wants to salute the tremendous military contributions and sacrifices so many have made by offering free access today through June 9th to their collection of more than 320 million global military records. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, " Is Offering Free Access to 320 Million Military Records through Sunday in Honor of 75th Anniversary of D-Day," 6 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tribute, an alternative to a 21-gun salute, was in honor of Payne Stewart, who didn’t live to defend his title. Sam Farmer,, "20 years after fatal plane crash, Payne Stewart still evokes classic golf memories," 11 June 2019 Rehoboth Beach does Independence Day early with a salute to service members of all stripes. Lauren Mccutcheon,, "What to do down the Shore June 7-9: LPGA Classic, Mummers in North Wildwood," 6 June 2019 Speakers play an audio recording of Eisenhower's salute to D-Day troops and music popular during World War II. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On 75th anniversary of invasion, D-Day veterans recall 'all hell was breaking loose'," 6 June 2019 Mississippi Highway Patrol honor guard members fired a 21-gun salute outside the Capitol. Emily Wagster Pettus, Fox News, "Former US Sen. Cochran draws bipartisan praise at funeral," 5 June 2019 Mayor Dennis Clough and members of City Council will walk from the parade to the gazebo, where there will be a gun salute. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Memorial Day parades and remembrance ceremonies coming up in Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake," 14 May 2018 In the end zone, Gaulden celebrated by giving Alabama fans the one-finger salute. Mark Heim,, "Tennessee's Rashaan Gaulden talks about flipping off Crimson Tide fans: 'I hate Alabama'," 20 Mar. 2018 The custom is that gun salutes are fired for the birth of every prince or princess, no matter where their place is within the succession. Katie Frost, Redbook, "7 Things You Didn't Know About Being a Royal Heir," 4 Sep. 2017 Trump said that returning a military salute to a North Korean three-star general was being respectful. Christina Prignano,, "President Trump praises Kim and says he’s ‘solved’ problems with North Korea," 15 June 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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