salute

verb
sa·​lute | \sə-ˈlüt \
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

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, farewell, Godspeed, good-bye (or good-by)

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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

Dress for Success Greater Orlando is saluting Spectrum News 13 anchor Allison Walker-Torres and radio personality Jenny Castillo. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dress for Success honors Allison Walker-Torres," 7 June 2018 Each spring, the Metropolitan Museum salutes fashion in a grand way. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Five museum fashion shows not to miss, with items from Britain's royals and Frida Kahlo's closet," 30 Mar. 2018 He’s been awarded multiple honorary doctorates, a Grammy in 2004, a National Medal of the Arts in 2011 and was saluted at Washington DC’s annual Kennedy Center Honors in 2013. Alex Heigl, PEOPLE.com, "Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Can No Longer Play His Horn, But He's Still Searching for His Sound," 27 Mar. 2018 Molinari had a stretch of golf that Woods could only salute. Doug Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "The Tiger Woods roars are as deafening as ever. But they used to mean a lot more.," 2 July 2018 Kennedy clapped and held his glove in the air, saluting Almonte who running toward the dugout. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Sal Romano pitches 8 innings, Joey Votto lifts Reds to win over Royals in extras," 12 June 2018 Arguably not quite as horrifying as black-and-white images of the England football team and other athletes raising their arms in Nazi salutes when competing in Germany in the 1930s. John Leicester, Fox News, "Column: Salah suckered in inauspicious World Cup start," 12 June 2018 Panama’s players stayed on the field to salute the fans several minutes after the match ended. Tim Booth, BostonGlobe.com, "Belgium wakes up in second half, rolls past Panama," 18 June 2018 Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey made appearances to salute Grainge and Dupri, respectively. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "John Mellencamp adds Songwriters Hall of Fame to career accolades," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes is planning a July 20 salute to Burnett, who will be honored with the second Red Skelton America’s Clown Award. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Carol Burnett will be honored by Red Skelton museum in Vincennes," 12 July 2018 Last Sunday, De Libran presented the label’s first haute couture offering, a salute to the atelier’s savoir faire. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Sonia Rykiel’s Julie de Libran and Friends Make “Generous Sweaters,” Give Proceeds to Charity," 5 July 2018 Cost: free Info: https://bit.ly/2tyaUTb Webster Fourth of July celebration Hosted at 5 p.m. July 4 at Texas Avenue Park, this event features a salute to veterans, games, entertainment, and fireworks. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, "Nightime sky to sparkle on Fourth in southeast communities," 29 June 2018 The two-in-one show sometimes coasted on a lot of nostalgia, including audience-baiting résumé shout-outs and a salute to other hip-hop forefathers during the Melle Mel and Scorpio set that culminated with a dance break soundtracked by Run-DMC. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 2: Marshmello, Nelly, Tory Lanez, Buckcherry and more," 28 June 2018 Thursday is National Paul Bunyan Day, a salute to the giant lumberjack of American folklore. CBS News, "Calendar: Week of June 25," 24 June 2018 Some of Trump’s social media activity celebrated the closeness of her family in a way critics have called tone-deaf: a birthday wish to her father, a Father’s Day salute to her husband and her dad, a picture of her holding her son. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Ivanka Trump speaks out on family separation — after her father said he’d stop it," 20 June 2018 England was infamous in an earlier era for the ugliness of soccer hooliganism, and some fans in Russia have been accused of throwing Nazi salutes and chanting racist and anti-Semitic songs. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "World Cup Brings England Together at a Time of Division," 10 July 2018 American Legion Post #164 will present the U.S. and Texas Flags before the concert begins, and will also present each branch flag during the salute to the Armed Forces selection. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Lone Star Symphonic Band, Community Chorus set July 1 concert in Katy," 28 June 2018

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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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salute

verb

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 \
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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