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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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 Galleria Dallas salutes Lunar New Year on Feb. 2 with an afternoon performance of lion and dragon dances, drumming and kung fu demos. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "14 fun things to do the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 31 Jan. 2020 Campbell, who organized her first museum show in 1975 of Bearden’s works depicting women, salutes the scholars and curators, from art historian Judith Wilson to curator Lowery Stokes Sims, who have given this topic comprehensive treatment. Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, The New York Review of Books, "Romare Bearden: Assembling America," 28 Jan. 2020 With the American flag flying at half-staff, police escorted the vehicle carrying her body to the medical examiner’s office as officers saluted her, KTRK reports. Kc Baker,, "'Hero' Texas Officer Killed During Domestic Violence Arrest, and Suspect Is on the Run," 12 Dec. 2019 The series has given away more than $16 million in prize money, and the network will salute it with a one-hour special in December. Hal Boedeker,, "‘60 Minutes,’ ‘SNL,’ ‘Funniest Videos’ extend long runs," 27 Sep. 2019 Instead, McGregor saluted fans and shook hands at a midweek news conference with the rugged veteran Donald Cerrone, his opponent in the main event at U.F.C. 246 on Saturday night. Morgan Campbell, New York Times, "Conor McGregor and U.F.C. Attempt a Shift Away from Heel Status," 18 Jan. 2020 This year’s concert also salutes civil rights music icon Stevie Wonder. Norma Cavazos, Dallas News, "Celebrate MLK Day at parades and other events across Dallas-Fort Worth," 17 Jan. 2020 American track and field athletes Tommie Smith (C) and John Carlos (R), protest with the Black Power salute at the Summer Olympic games, Mexico City, Mexico, October 19, 1968. Mélissa Godin, Time, "Athletes Will Be Banned From Protesting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the Games Have a Long History of Political Demonstrations," 14 Jan. 2020 Back in 2003, Joe saluted his pal in a speech for Robert's American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Robert De Niro Says Golden Globe Nominee Joe Pesci Did NOT Want to Do 'The Irishman'," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the 1968 games in Mexico City, American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists as a salute to Black Power and human rights, still seen as one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the Olympics. Elly Belle,, "Olympics Bans Athletes From Making Political Statements At 2020 Games," 10 Jan. 2020 The ceremony will include a rifle salute, flag presentation, and plaque presentation in honor of the veteran. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "One of the last survivors of the USS Arizona will be interred on the sunken warship," 7 Dec. 2019 On Friday morning, a Navy honor guard — long known as the Antique Veterans Organization because of its aging membership — delivered a rifle salute, played taps and performed a ceremonial flag-folding ceremony. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "The Best Obituary Ever, and the Wacky Funeral That Followed," 15 Sep. 2019 The service for the Army veteran was followed by a flyover, taps and a rifle salute. Washington Post, "Thousands join law enforcement in tribute to fallen deputy," 7 May 2018 In 2018, Mueller, the Baraboo district administrator, issued a public apology over a photograph that appeared to show high school boys giving a Nazi salute. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawsuit by former student alleges racist culture at Baraboo School District," 16 Jan. 2020 Three people have been fired and nearly three dozen suspended after a photo emerged showing dozens of employees from a West Virginia corrections officer trainee class appearing to give a Nazi salute, officials said Friday. Fox News, "West Virginia corrections employees fired, suspended after apparent Nazi salute photo, officials say," 9 Dec. 2019 A few years ago at Southridge High School in Beaverton, during an assembly featuring traditions from other countries, like Somali dance routines, a white student stood and raised a Nazi salute. New York Times, "Nazi Symbols and Racist Memes: Combating School Intolerance," 23 Nov. 2019 Beradt recounts the dream of a factory owner, Herr S., who is unable to muster a Nazi salute during a visit from Goebbels. Mireille Juchau, The New Yorker, "How Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism," 7 Nov. 2019

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

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8 Feb 2020

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“Salute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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