a salutation meaning “peace,” used especially in Islamic countries.
a very low bow or obeisance, especially with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead.

verb (used with or without object)

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for salaamed

Historical Examples of salaamed

  • When we saw her we salaamed; then she would glare at us grimly, and turn her back on us.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • He spread his hands and salaamed in token of complete acquiescence.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • He salaamed, and when he spoke there was almost a note of gladness in his voice.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The Memsahibs came and were salaamed, and sat in front of the traders.

  • She started for the door; but Phil got before her, and salaamed to the floor.

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    Lyda Farrington Kraus

British Dictionary definitions for salaamed



a Muslim form of salutation consisting of a deep bow with the right palm on the forehead
a salutation signifying peace, used chiefly by Muslims


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 salaamed


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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