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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Other Words from salute


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, congé (also congee), farewell, Godspeed, good-bye (or good-by)

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Examples of salute in a Sentence


We salute our country's soldiers. The players saluted the fans. The president saluted her bravery.


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

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 This year, when nearly 3,000 victims’ names are read aloud there Wednesday, a half-dozen stacks of stone will quietly salute an untold number of people who aren’t on that list. USA TODAY, "Animation behind bars, Elliott the elk, SkyStar: News from around our 50 states," 10 Sep. 2019 Worthy salute Both Yankee and Red Sox players wore yellow wristbands Saturday as the Sox honored Childhood Cancer Awareness month at Fenway. Julian Mcwilliams,, "Xander Bogaerts keeps putting up numbers worth celebrating," 7 Sep. 2019 Top: Police officers salute during a memorial service conducted for San Francisco police Sgt., "S.F. police honor Ingleside Station officer shot and killed 48 years ago," 29 Aug. 2019 Twenty years later only two original Metreon businesses remain: salute to the survival skills of Sanraku sushi restaurant and Buckhorn Grill. San Francisco Chronicle, "Like everything else involved with the project, the chrome marketing folder was shiny and filled with hope, as if the owners were selling a new subdivision on the moons of Jupiter.," 26 July 2019 Priscilla showed the photo to her husband, who at first noticed that the boy was saluting with his left hand. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Viral photo shows 6-year-old saluting sailors at Texas airport," 23 July 2019 And saluting Raymond, Korey, Antron, Yusef and Kevin. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "'When They See Us' was clearly seen by TV Academy members," 16 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hair is often too long and hand salutes are rendered in a sloppy fashion. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Let’s call them ‘Things That Hollywood Gets Wrong’," 16 Sep. 2019 Eleven Special Olympics athletes received a salute for their participation in basketball, track and field, and golf. Lisa Cisneros,, "Leyden students receive AP, Special Olympics awards," 16 Sep. 2019 Yeah, that's just an inverted Nazi salute, Nicholas., "8 of the Most Controversial Celebrations in Football History," 12 Sep. 2019 The movements against the smoke rising from Brazil’s Amazon region are a powerful statement that cannot be diluted by misguided salutes to any individual, region or economic faith. New York Times, "Who Owns the American West? And Who Should Profit From It?," 6 Sep. 2019 At Fort McHenry, officials have planned to fire a four-volley musket salute to mark each of the past four centuries. Lillian Reed,, "Maryland national parks plan commemoration four centuries after first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia," 23 Aug. 2019 The ceremony will include the posting of the colors by the Colorado National Guard Honor Guard, remarks by Polis and Hancock and the presentation of military honors to include a salute, Taps and bell ceremony. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Coloradans to mark 18th anniversary of 9/11 attacks with ceremonies, tributes to fallen firefighters," 10 Sep. 2019 Nazi salutes, in particular, have sparked outcries, from a school dance in Minneapolis to a prom in Wisconsin. Daily Pilot, "Nazi acts by OC students loom over an increasingly diverse county," 22 Aug. 2019 Three Baltimore County Fire Department recruits on Thursday night stood, but did not salute, during the national anthem at their graduation ceremony. Cody Boteler,, "3 county fire recruits didn’t salute national anthem for religious reasons," 26 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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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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