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  1. a salutation meaning “peace,” used especially in Islamic countries.
  2. a very low bow or obeisance, especially with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to salute with a salaam.

Origin of salaam

First recorded in 1605–15, salaam is from the Arabic word salām peace
Related formssa·laam·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for salaam

obeisance, bow, genuflect, bend, salutation, salute

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British Dictionary definitions for salaam


  1. a Muslim form of salutation consisting of a deep bow with the right palm on the forehead
  2. a salutation signifying peace, used chiefly by Muslims
  1. to make a salaam or salute (someone) with a salaam

Word Origin for salaam

C17: from Arabic salām peace, from the phrase assalām `alaikum peace be to you
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Word Origin and History for salaam

Muslim greeting, 1610s, from Arabic salam (also in Urdu, Persian), literally "peace" (cf. Hebrew shalom); in full, (as)salam 'alaikum "peace be upon you," from base of salima "he was safe" (cf. Islam, Muslim).

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