Nearby words

  1. halliard,
  2. hallie,
  3. halling,
  4. hallion's test,
  5. hallmark,
  6. halloa,
  7. halloo,
  8. hallopeau's disease,
  9. halloumi,
  10. hallow

Origin of hallo

1560–70; variant of hollo, itself variant of earlier holla < Middle French hola, equivalent to ho ahoy + la there Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hallo

British Dictionary definitions for hallo


/ (həˈləʊ) /

sentence substitute, noun

a variant spelling of hello

sentence substitute, noun, verb

a variant spelling of halloo
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Word Origin and History for hallo


shout to call attention, 1781, earlier hollo, holla (see hello). Halow as a shipman's cry to incite effort is from mid-15c.; Halloo as a verb, "to pursue with shouts, to shout in the chase," from late 14c. Cf. also harou, cry of distress, late 13c., from French.

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