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[shah-lawm; English shuh-lohm] /ʃɑˈlɔm; English ʃəˈloʊm/
interjection, Hebrew.
peace (used as a word of greeting or farewell).
Also, sholom. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For this they had to employ shalom Cohen, a turn-coat, who had formerly belonged to the ranks of the reformers.

  • "shalom Aleichem," he began, his tongue faltering a little over the old Hebrew greeting he had not used for so long.

    The New Land

    Elma Ehrlich Levinger
  • If we did not wish to join in the dancing, but wanted to leave, they would just say 'shalom'—'go in peace but come again.'

Word Origin and History for shalom

Jewish word of greeting, Hebrew, literally "peace," properly "completeness, soundness, welfare," from stem of shalam "was intact, was complete, was in good health." Related to Arabic salima "was safe," aslama "surrendered, submitted."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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shalom [(shah-lohm, shuh-lohm)]

A Hebrew word used to mean both “hello” and “good-bye”; literally, it means “peace.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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