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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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Examples from the Web for salaamed
Historical Examples
  • When we saw her we salaamed; then she would glare at us grimly, and turn her back on us.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • He spread his hands and salaamed in token of complete acquiescence.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He salaamed, and when he spoke there was almost a note of gladness in his voice.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The Memsahibs came and were salaamed, and sat in front of the traders.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • She started for the door; but Phil got before her, and salaamed to the floor.

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • Finnegan, the first to recover, salaamed in true Oriental fashion.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • The peon at once salaamed him and said: "There are five of us, sir."

  • The crowds of people, and the shopkeepers, salaamed as the Princes went by.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • "They are preparing to move, sahib," one of them said, as he salaamed.

    Jones of the 64th

    F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
  • Never a word he said, but only pointed with his weapon to the passage, then salaamed.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for salaamed


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 salaamed


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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