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

Other Words from salute


saluter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for salute

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Irish will salute a large group of players on senior day that includes quarterback Jack Coan, who graduated from Wisconsin before joining the Irish program in January. John Fineran, ajc, 18 Nov. 2021 Take a look: The lead image features Tom Glavine, the Series’ MVP, waving to the half-million or so fans who came to salute the team downtown. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 5 Nov. 2021 Turning to salute the crowd, Lloyd raised her shoes in the air. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021 Turn and salute that half-crazed, pants-less god of fire high atop Red Mountain, the Southside Dragons and the Beale Street Blue Tigers are on it once again. Joseph Goodman |, al, 20 Oct. 2021 The show will salute the 50th anniversary of Soul Train television program, which debuted on Oct. 2, 1971. Paul Grein, Billboard, 18 Oct. 2021 Hashimoto’s total of 88.465 was four-10ths ahead of Ruoteng, who was dinged a three-10ths deduction after forgetting to salute the judges during the final set., 29 July 2021 The crowd rose to its feet to salute its onetime pitching savior, the man who almost single-handedly delivered a 2014 World Series title to San Francisco. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Sep. 2021 The swing-staters may have made Mrs. Pelosi the Speaker again in 2020, but in 2021 they’re supposed to salute and sacrifice their political careers to the demands of Bernie Sanders and the Squad. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each guard usually makes several walks during one rotation, repeatedly pacing exactly 21 steps down a rubber mat and back again — 21 signifying the highest military honor, a 21-gun salute. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 Guest speaker Gordon Ellis, music by Lebanon High School jazz band, presentation colors, 21-gun salute followed by boxed lunch. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2021 Current host Drew Carey is among those taking a look back at the game show’s biggest winners, never-before-seen outtakes and a salute to Bob Barker, who hosted the show on its Sept. 4, 1972, premiere. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The last few days of the festival will celebrate Harvest New England Day, October Fun Day, and include a salute to the Special Olympics., 30 Sep. 2021 The evening was both a commemoration of the best of Broadway and a salute to the return of live theater after 18 months of COVID-19 shutdowns. Brent Lang, Variety, 26 Sep. 2021 As a salute to 9/11, Anderson was asked Saturday night to lead the Beavers in running onto the field with the U.S. flag before their game against Hawaii. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021 Programs in the 1980s included a biography of Herbert Hoover, a dramatization of an Ann Beattie short story, a performance by the stand-up comic Buzz Belmondo and a salute to the 200th anniversary of Australia’s birth. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 Herewith, a brief summary of the twilight of Sinatra radio, and a quick salute to a couple of the hardier cases. Adam Gopni, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021

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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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21 Nov 2021

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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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