salute

verb
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

salute

noun

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

Verb

saluter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for salute

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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 All of these are rooted in Black aesthetics — and that's something to salute. Darian Symoné Harvin, Allure, "42 Black-Owned Beauty Brands to Support Now and Always," 19 Oct. 2020 The plate’s design will salute the resort’s 50th anniversary, and proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish of Central and North Florida, Disney says. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World: Specialty license plate in works for Florida drivers," 19 Oct. 2020 Until a few years ago, freshmen were required to salute the Jackson statue, which sits in front of the student barracks. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "Northam calls for VMI investigation after Black cadets describe relentless racism," 19 Oct. 2020 The sight of Trump lumbering up the steps to the South Portico to salute the night sky while swaying slightly was the most operatically ridiculous scene since Looney Tunes rendered Wagner, starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Trump on steroids," 11 Oct. 2020 Other concerts will salute 1960s country, Southern soul, Bob Dylan, holiday tunes and, on New Year’s Eve, the Rolling Stones. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Lucinda Williams will stream series of themed concerts to benefit First Avenue, the Dakota," 8 Oct. 2020 The shame of it, though, was there were no fans present to salute their most staunch advocate. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers honor PA announcer Chuck Morgan during 3,000th consecutive game with special tribute," 27 Sep. 2020 The Air Force chief of staff, General Charles Q. Brown, the officials said, would also be unlikely to salute and carry out those orders. Jennifer Steinhauer And Helene Cooper, Star Tribune, "At Pentagon, fears grow Trump will pull military into election unrest," 25 Sep. 2020 And 50 years since the formation of the Virginia Slims Circuit -- the birthplace of women's tennis -- current players can salute the legacy of the Original 9. George Ramsay, CNN, "Remembering the Original 9, the pioneers of women's tennis who allowed future generations to live their dream," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For gym rats everywhere, no salute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg felt more appropriate than the final tribute from her personal fitness trainer of 20 years. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Trainer's farewell to Ginsburg salutes the value of strength training for older people," 7 Oct. 2020 In a story that aired Friday, KPBS reported on a Youtube video from the early 1990s that features an image of Hitler giving a Nazi salute while bopping across the top of the screen. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County GOP head defends old video showing him with Nazi images," 24 Aug. 2020 Thursday is International Left-Handers Day and, as one, here’s a salute to the only left-handed quarterback in the NFL right now, the first since 2017, the Last of the Left-handed Mohicans. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Why is Tua NFL’s only left-handed QB? What does it mean for Dolphins? | Commentary," 12 Aug. 2020 Major League Baseball was in touch with the A's about their bench coach making a gesture that appeared to be a Nazi salute following Thursday's series finale against the Rangers. Janie Mccauley, Star Tribune, "A's hold off Astros in 13th inning for seventh straight win," 8 Aug. 2020 Players tried to keep contact to a minimum, even during celebrations and the traditional salute to the — now empty — stands at the final whistle. James Ellingworth, The Denver Post, "German soccer falls silent as “ghost games” begin for Bundesliga," 16 May 2020 In this postage stamp, giving her the Mother’s Day salute, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is credited with adding the dedication and designer Victor S. McCloskey of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing crafted the floral arrangement. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Art and Artistry of Mother and Child," 8 May 2020 The one-finger salute can clearly be seen from an arm extended out of the window of the third vehicle of officers. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Watch police caravan driver outside presidential debate give Cleveland Black Lives Matter protesters the finger," 30 Sep. 2020 The 2019 salute to Dave Chappelle was nominated last week in two categories, including outstanding variety special (pre-recorded). Paul Grein, Billboard, "Dave Chappelle & George Carlin Share This Emmy Awards Distinction, With a Little Help From Mark Twain," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of salute

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salute

Verb

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

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

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Salute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salute. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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salute

verb
How to pronounce salute (audio)

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)

salute

noun

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

salute

verb
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.

salute

noun

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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