salud

[ sah-looth ]
/ sɑˈluð /

interjection Spanish.

(used after a person has sneezed or as a toast.)

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Origin of salud

Literally, “health”
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

ABOUT THIS WORD

What does salud mean?

Salud is a Spanish word meaning “health.”

For English speakers, it’s most familiar meaning is for the toast Cheers!

Where does salud come from?

The Spanish salud comes from Latin salus, variously meaning “health,” “wealth,” and “security.”

Outside its use meaning “health,” salud is used to say “Cheers!” (“To your health!”) when toasting drinks or instead of “Bless you!” when someone sneezes.

Use of salud in English dates back to at least the 1930s. And, more recently, it was the title of a 2006 song by Mexican singer Vincente Fernández in a 2011 episode of the hit TV drama Breaking Bad.

How is salud used in real life?

Salud is used throughout the Spanish-speaking world for all things related to health, toasting, and achoo-ing.

English speakers may use salud when enjoying some drinks while traveling to Spanish-countries—and may hear it if they sneeze there.

Note

This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.