hel·​lo | \ hə-ˈlō How to pronounce hello (audio) , he- \
plural hellos

Definition of hello

: an expression or gesture of greeting used interjectionally in greeting, in answering the telephone, or to express surprise hello therewaved hello

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Examples of hello in a Sentence

They welcomed us with a warm hello. we said our hellos and got right down to business
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First Known Use of hello

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hello

alteration of hollo

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8 Sep 2022

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“Hello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hello. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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hel·​lo | \ hə-ˈlō How to pronounce hello (audio) , he- \

Kids Definition of hello

used as a greeting or to express surprise

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