- 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.
- to salute with a salaam.
Origin of salaam
First recorded in 1605–15, salaam is from the Arabic word salām peace
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Examples from the Web for salaam
Salaam was brought in the next night, and admitted to the rape after 90 minutes of questioning.
The testimony included that of two defendants, Salaam and Wise, who took the stand to repudiate their confessions.
But John is sure that he can nurture Ayatollah to bring out the best in him, if only Tzipi and Saeb will do their best for Salaam.If The Peace Talks Were A Movie
December 12, 2013
“That time also gave people the idea that you need to be afraid of all young black and brown men,” said Salaam, now 38.
Salaam says that when he was released from prison in 1997 at age 23, few people were interested in hearing what he had to say.
She stood there waving her hand wildly and rating me for not returning her salaam.The Book of Khalid
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
I have seen sixty or seventy of an evening come in and make this sort of salaam.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
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
- 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
C17: from Arabic salām peace, from the phrase assalām `alaikum peace be to you
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Word Origin and History for salaam
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