noun (1)
sal·​vo | \ ˈsal-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce salvo (audio) \
plural salvos or salvoes

Definition of salvo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a simultaneous discharge of two or more guns in military action or as a salute
b : the release all at one time of a rack of bombs or rockets (as from an airplane)
c : a series of shots by an artillery battery with each gun firing one round in turn after a prescribed interval
d : the bombs or projectiles released in a salvo
2 : something suggestive of a salvo: such as
a : a sudden burst a salvo of cheers
b : a spirited attack the first salvo of a political campaign


salvoed; salvoing; salvos

Definition of salvo (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to release a salvo of

intransitive verb

: to fire a salvo


noun (2)
plural salvos

Definition of salvo (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a mental reservation : proviso
2 : a means of safeguarding one's name or honor or allaying one's conscience : salve

First Known Use of salvo

Noun (1)

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salvo

Noun (1)

Italian salva, from French salve, from Latin, hail!, from salvus healthy — more at safe

Noun (2)

Medieval Latin salvo jure with the right reserved

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“Salvo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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