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 It was placed on the Memorial Glade, the monoliths added earlier this year to salute those who suffered or died because of illnesses linked to ground zero. Corina Knoll, New York Times, "What Happens to Those Heartbreaking Tributes at the 9/11 Memorial," 9 Sep. 2019 Charlie Morton made the walk toward the right-field bullpen, stopping only to salute a small group of well-wishers near the third-base dugout. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros demolish Rays, 15-1," 28 Aug. 2019 Judges Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union immediately got to their feet to salute Kläfford, as did the rest of the room. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Chris Kläfford Shines With Another Original on 'AGT': Watch," 21 Aug. 2019 Jerry Brown, former San Francisco Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and one-time Senate leader John Burton — packed the iconic Frank Fat’s restaurant to salute its 80th birthday. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: California politicians’ home away from home for 80 years," 20 Aug. 2019 Hawkeye's the first to take a knee and bow his head to salute his fallen teammate, followed by Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Captain Marvel. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "See how the Avengers honor a fallen superhero in exclusive 'Endgame' deleted scene," 26 July 2019 Warriors general manager Bob Meyers saluted Livingston in a statement. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Shaun Livingston, integral reserve on Warriors’ three NBA title teams, retires," 13 Sep. 2019 The monument saluted the wartime service of some 30 Confederate veterans, who migrated to Southern California after the war and took their final rest in the surrounding cemetery plot. Kevin Waite, The New Republic, "California’s Forgotten Confederate History," 19 Aug. 2019 This is a space to salute those heroes of the red carpet. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Emmys fashion worth talking about, from Tiffany Haddish to the Fab Five," 18 Sep. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thursday night at Fenway, before the Sox face the Minnesota Twins, Abby, a black Labrador retriever, will trot onto the field as part of the team’s ongoing salute to service dogs. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Red Sox to honor Windsor Locks police K9," 4 Sep. 2019 In March, a group of teenagers from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa were pictured giving the Sieg Heil salute beside red plastic cups arranged into a swastika at a house party. Los Angeles Times, "As anti-Semitic crimes rise and Holocaust awareness fades, a survivor is always ready to speak," 29 Aug. 2019 In the next hour, more than 30 humpbacks arrived in the nearby vicinity, lunge feeding, spouting, spy hopping and providing the occasional tail salute before power dives. Tom Stienstra,, "Humpbacks, killer whales, fin whales star in coastal spectacle," 28 Aug. 2019 During the Circle of Lights presented by IBEW 481, the salute will take on a holiday theme. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Major video and light displays will soon start at Monument Circle. Here's what you'll see.," 17 May 2019 Fulks came up with those names as a salute to Huntsville's space legacy. Paul Gattis |, al, "Mazda Toyota update: Production schedule, 50,000 job applicants," 17 Sep. 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., "CENTERBROOK, Conn. — Joe Heller always wanted to have the last laugh.," 16 Sep. 2019 The ceremony also will honor and thank first responders and include comments from Katy Mayor Bill Hastings along with raising the flag, a 21 gun salute, accompanied by the tolling of a Fire Truck bell and wreath laying. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 9 Sep. 2019 The next year, 1778, General George Washington celebrated with a thirteen-gun-salute, one for each of the colonies, along with a double ration of rum for his troops. Elliot Ackerman, Time, "The Absurd Fight Over President Trump's July 4th 'Salute to America'," 3 July 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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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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