[ nuhm-uh-stey ]
/ ˈnʌm əˌsteɪ /


a conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, used by the speaker usually while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom.

Origin of namaste

1945–50; < Sanskrit: hail, literally, (a) bow to thee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for namaste


/ (ˌnʌməsˈteɪ) /


a salutation used in India

Word Origin for namaste

C21: via Hindi from Sanskrit, from namas salutation, bow + te to you
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Word Origin and History for namaste



"salutatory gesture," 1948, from Hindi, from Sanskrit namas "bowing" + te, dative of tuam "you" (singular). Used as a word of greeting from 1967.

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