namaste

[ nuhm-uh-stey ]
/ ˈnʌm əˌsteɪ /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. nama,
  2. namable,
  3. namangan,
  4. namaqualand,
  5. namas kar,
  6. namaycush,
  7. namby-pamby,
  8. name,
  9. name after,
  10. name day

Origin of namaste

1945–50; < Sanskrit: hail, literally, (a) bow to thee

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British Dictionary definitions for namaste

namaste

/ (ˌnʌməsˈteɪ) /

interjection

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

namaste

n.

"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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