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verb (used with object), sa·lut·ed, sa·lut·ing.
  1. Military. to pay respect to or honor by some formal act, as by raising the right hand to the side of the headgear, presenting arms, firing cannon, dipping colors, etc.
  2. to address with expressions of goodwill, respect, etc.; greet.
  3. to make a bow or other gesture to, as in greeting, farewell, or respect.
  4. to express respect or praise for; honor; commend.
verb (used without object), sa·lut·ed, sa·lut·ing.
  1. Military. to give a salute.
  2. to perform a salutation.
  1. Military.
    1. the special act of respect paid in saluting.
    2. the position of the hand or rifle in saluting: at the salute.
  2. an act of saluting; salutation.
  3. a gold coin, bearing the image of the Virgin Mary receiving Gabriel's salutation, issued by Charles VI of France and by Henry V and Henry VI of England.

Origin of salute

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English saluten < Latin salūtāre to greet (literally, to hail), derivative of salūt- (stem of salūs) health; replacing salue < French saluer < Latin, as above; (noun) Middle English, partly < Old French salut (derivative of saluer), partly derivative of the v.
Related formssa·lut·er, nounun·sa·lut·ed, adjectiveun·sa·lut·ing, adjective

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

Origin of salute

literally, health Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (tr) to address or welcome with friendly words or gestures of respect, such as bowing or lifting the hat; greet
  2. (tr) to acknowledge with praise or honourwe salute your gallantry
  3. military to pay or receive formal respect, as by presenting arms or raising the right arm
  1. the act of saluting
  2. a formal military gesture of respect
Derived Formssaluter, noun

Word Origin for salute

C14: from Latin salūtāre to greet, from salūs wellbeing
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Word Origin and History for salute

late 14c., "to greet courteously and respectfully," earlier salue (c.1300), from Latin salutare "to greet, pay respects," literally "wish health to," from salus (genitive salutis) "greeting, good health," related to salvus "safe" (see safe (adj.)). The military and nautical sense of "display flags, fire cannons, etc., as a mark of respect" is recorded from 1580s; specific sense of "raise the hand to the cap in the presence of a superior officer" is from 1844.


c.1400, "act of saluting, respectful gesture of greeting, salutation," from salute (v.). The military sense is from 1690s; specifically of the hand-to-cap gesture from 1832.

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