- the act or words of a person who greets.
- a friendly message from someone who is absent: a greeting from a friend in another country.
- greetings, an expression of friendly or respectful regard: Send my greetings to your family.
Origin of greeting
- to address with some form of salutation; welcome.
- to meet or receive: to be greeted by cheering crowds; to greet a proposal with boos and hisses.
- to manifest itself to: Music greeted his ear as he entered the salon.
- Obsolete. to give salutations on meeting.
Origin of greet1
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- to grieve; lament; cry.
- to lament; bewail.
Origin of greet2
Examples from the Web for greeting
Clinton, meanwhile, spent several minutes greeting audience members along the rope line and posing for cellphone selfies.Hillary Clinton Basks in Labor’s Love: ‘This Is Like a Homecoming!’
September 16, 2014
Later she explains why typical forms of greeting in Sierra Leone, such as shaking hands and hugging, are no longer acceptable.Courageous Filmmakers Are Fighting Ebola On Screen
August 20, 2014
According to the recipient of his greeting, Patreese Johnson, he said, “I want some of that” and motioned to her crotch.‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'
June 21, 2014
They accuse old friends and colleagues of terrible things, even if they do something simple like return a greeting on Facebook.Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped
June 9, 2014
A city bus rolls past; the driver gives a greeting honk and Furry waves.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
I pray you, Alleyne, to give him greeting from me, and to ask him for his titles and coat-armor.
So, he disregarded Gilder's greeting, and went on speaking to the son.Within the Law
It would be well, perchance, that you should give him greeting from me.
They did not speak beyond their greeting, until he had gone over the record.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The good lady, oblivious to the humorous side of her greeting, flushed in anger.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- the act or an instance of welcoming or saluting on meeting
- (often plural)
- an expression of friendly salutation
- (as modifier)a greetings card
- to meet or receive with expressions of gladness or welcome
- to send a message of friendship to
- to receive in a specified mannerher remarks were greeted by silence
- to become apparent tothe smell of bread greeted him
- (intr) to weep; lament
- weeping; lamentation
Word Origin and History for greeting
Old English greting "salutation," verbal noun from gretan (see greet). Related: Greetings. First record of greeting card is from 1876.
Old English gretan "to come in contact with" (in sense of "attack, accost" as well as "salute, welcome," and "touch, take hold of, handle"), from West Germanic *grotjan (cf. Old Saxon grotian, Old Frisian greta, Dutch groeten, Old High German gruozen, German grüßen "to salute, greet"), perhaps originally "to resound" (via notion of "cause to speak"), causative of Proto-Germanic *grætanan, root of Old English grætan (Anglian gretan) "weep, bewail," from PIE *gher- "to call out." Greet still can mean "cry, weep" in Scottish & northern England dialect, though this might be from a different root. Grætan is probably also the source of the second element in regret. Related: Greeted; greeting.