(used to express a greeting, answer a telephone, or attract attention.)
(an exclamation of surprise, wonder, elation, etc.)
(used derisively to question the comprehension, intelligence, or common sense of the person being addressed): You're gonna go out with him? Hello!
the call “hello” (used as an expression of greeting): She gave me a warm hello.
to say “hello”; to cry or shout: I helloed, but no one answered.
to say “hello” to (someone): We helloed each other as though nothing had happened.
- Also especially British, hullo.
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How to use hello in a sentence
Lilac is a goodbye to her twenties and a hello to her thirties, the artist explained, and the flower in the project title has the meaning of “memories of youth.”
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She spent first grade through ninth in Harlan County in the southeast corner where Kentucky says its hellos to Virginia.Buddy Boeheim thought he would just be a role player. His role now is Syracuse’s leading man. | Chuck Culpepper | March 25, 2021 | Washington Post
I feel like I’m sprinting through rooms with barely a hello, and they FEEL that from all of us.In a relentless pandemic, nursing-home workers are worn down and stressed out | Will Englund | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
In May, they launched the hello Ranger website as a resource created by and for the national-park-loving community, with a focus on underrepresented voices and issues.
He gets up and goes over to their table and introduces himself, and he says, ‘hello, I’m Oliver Reed.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Forty Years Young: hello Kitty and the Power of Cute By Julia Rubin, Racked hello Kitty is everywhere.
hello Ladies is, of course, about your British character navigating the L.A. dating scene.
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I was mighty glad to see him, but I hadn't time to more than say "hello" before Goodell and the others came in.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
There isn't a girl in a thousand who'd have done that decent thing without being bidden; but—hello!Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
The door was immediately opened and the man he had seen exclaimed, "hello, Steve, yo' un air late."The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
hello—I can't hear you—you'll have to talk louder—you don't know the noise they is in this house.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle | Laura Lee Hope
Dozens of poor devils sitting around nursing their misery and afraid to say hello to another human being.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for hello
an expression of greeting used on meeting a person or at the start of a telephone call
a call used to attract attention
an expression of surprise
an expression used to indicate that the speaker thinks his or her listener is naive or slow to realize something: Hello? Have you been on Mars for the past two weeks or something?
the act of saying or calling "hello"
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