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[suh-lahm] /səˈlɑm/
a salutation meaning “peace,” used especially in Islamic countries.
a very low bow or obeisance, especially with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead.
verb (used with or without object)
to salute with a salaam.
Origin of salaam
First recorded in 1605-15, salaam is from the Arabic word salām peace
Related forms
salaamlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • She stood there waving her hand wildly and rating me for not returning her salaam.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • This means we had better say salaam; so we say it and they say it, adding the usual "Go and come."

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • I have seen sixty or seventy of an evening come in and make this sort of salaam.

  • They do not stand at the door and salaam and cringe, like the ordinary mendicant.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • They salaam to him, beg of him to intercede for them, and kiss his hands.

    The Temptation of St. Antony Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for salaam


a Muslim form of salutation consisting of a deep bow with the right palm on the forehead
a salutation signifying peace, used chiefly by Muslims
to make a salaam or salute (someone) with a salaam
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic salām peace, from the phrase assalām `alaikum peace be to you
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Word Origin and History for salaam

Muslim greeting, 1610s, from Arabic salam (also in Urdu, Persian), literally "peace" (cf. Hebrew shalom); in full, (as)salam 'alaikum "peace be upon you," from base of salima "he was safe" (cf. Islam, Muslim).

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