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salute

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verb sa·lute \sə-ˈlüt\

Definition of salute

saluted

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saluting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to address with expressions of kind wishes, courtesy, or honorb :  to give a sign of respect, courtesy, or goodwill to :  greet

  3. 2 :  to become apparent to (one of the senses)

  4. 3a :  to honor (a person, a nation, an event, etc.) by a conventional military or naval ceremonyb :  to show respect and recognition to (a military superior) by assuming a prescribed positionc :  to express commendation of :  praise

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make a salute

saluter

noun

Examples of salute in a Sentence

  1. We salute our country's soldiers.

  2. The players saluted the fans.

  3. The president saluted her bravery.

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Origin and Etymology of salute

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


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salute

noun sa·lute

Definition of salute

  1. 1 :  greeting, salutation

  2. 2a :  a sign, token, or ceremony expressing goodwill, compliment, or respect the festival was a salute to the artsb :  the position (as of the hand) or the entire attitude of a person saluting a superior

  3. 3 :  firecracker

Examples of salute in a Sentence

  1. The officers gave the general a salute.

  2. They raised their hands in salute.

  3. The concert was a salute to country music legends.

  4. Twenty-one guns were fired in salute.

  5. We raise our glasses in salute to the newlyweds.

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First Known Use of salute

14th century


SALUTE Defined for English Language Learners

salute

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verb

Definition of salute for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of salute for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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salute

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verb sa·lute \sə-ˈlüt\

Definition of salute for Students

saluted

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saluting

  1. 1 :  to give a sign of respect to (as a military officer) especially by a movement of the right hand to the forehead

  2. 2 :  to show or express respect for :  honor She was saluted for her bravery.


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salute

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noun sa·lute

Definition of salute for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  an act or ceremony that is a show of respect or honor



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