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salaam

[suh-lahm] /səˈlɑm/
noun
1.
a salutation meaning “peace,” used especially in Islamic countries.
2.
a very low bow or obeisance, especially with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead.
verb (used with or without object)
3.
to salute with a salaam.
Origin of salaam
1605-1615
1605-15; < Arabic salām peace
Related forms
salaamlike, adjective
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  • 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
  • Pir Bakhs bowed and salaamed by the door, his well-formed polished face wreathed in many smiles.

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  • The Memsahibs came and were salaamed, and sat in front of the traders.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • The prince thanked heaven, laid the hands of reverence on his breast and salaamed.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • The crowds of people, and the shopkeepers, salaamed as the Princes went by.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • The natives who were passing, salaamed to the ground before the magic cap.

    Tartarin of Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • "They are preparing to move, sahib," one of them said, as he salaamed.

    Jones of the 64th F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
  • The people, crowding in the temple and in the square before it, salaamed deeply as Kathlyn left and returned to the palace.

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  • As they salaamed David left them, and rode forward to the advancing forces.

    The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for salaamed

salaam

/səˈlɑːm/
noun
1.
a Muslim form of salutation consisting of a deep bow with the right palm on the forehead
2.
a salutation signifying peace, used chiefly by Muslims
verb
3.
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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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