- Military. to pay respect to or honor by some formal act, as by raising the right hand to the side of the headgear, presenting arms, firing cannon, dipping colors, etc.
- to address with expressions of goodwill, respect, etc.; greet.
- to make a bow or other gesture to, as in greeting, farewell, or respect.
- to express respect or praise for; honor; commend.
- Military. to give a salute.
- to perform a salutation.
- the special act of respect paid in saluting.
- the position of the hand or rifle in saluting: at the salute.
- an act of saluting; salutation.
- a gold coin, bearing the image of the Virgin Mary receiving Gabriel's salutation, issued by Charles VI of France and by Henry V and Henry VI of England.
Origin of salute1
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- (used after a person has sneezed or as a toast.)
Origin of salute2
Examples from the Web for salute
The seemingly endless ranks snapped to attention on command and thousands of white gloves rose in salute.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
We salute a venerable lineage of strong women, big hair, and drama.Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
October 21, 2014
Rather than salute with the coffee cup in his hand, President Obama hands the cup to an aide standing on the steps behind him.Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right
September 25, 2014
General Grant issued a general order that “every battery bearing upon the enemy” fire in salute.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
As eight of her novels are republished, we salute a doyenne of literary fiction whose work juxtaposes tragedy and comedy.The Rediscovered Genius of Muriel Spark
July 29, 2014
The Great Eastern was dressed, three cheers were given, and a salute was fired.Heroes of the Telegraph
He came toward us, humble and cringing, giving the beautiful Arab salute.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
She walked as if she went to meet the morning, and must salute it worthily.Tiverton Tales
Lorenzi lowered his point in salute, in accordance with the rules of fence.Casanova's Homecoming
Miss G. Lord, father, what a thump on the back to salute one with.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- (tr) to address or welcome with friendly words or gestures of respect, such as bowing or lifting the hat; greet
- (tr) to acknowledge with praise or honourwe salute your gallantry
- military to pay or receive formal respect, as by presenting arms or raising the right arm
- the act of saluting
- a formal military gesture of respect
Word Origin and History for salute
late 14c., "to greet courteously and respectfully," earlier salue (c.1300), from Latin salutare "to greet, pay respects," literally "wish health to," from salus (genitive salutis) "greeting, good health," related to salvus "safe" (see safe (adj.)). The military and nautical sense of "display flags, fire cannons, etc., as a mark of respect" is recorded from 1580s; specific sense of "raise the hand to the cap in the presence of a superior officer" is from 1844.
c.1400, "act of saluting, respectful gesture of greeting, salutation," from salute (v.). The military sense is from 1690s; specifically of the hand-to-cap gesture from 1832.