verb (used with object), sa·lut·ed, sa·lut·ing.
verb (used without object), sa·lut·ed, sa·lut·ing.
- the special act of respect paid in saluting.
- the position of the hand or rifle in saluting: at the salute.
Origin of salute1
Synonyms for salute
Origin of salute2
Examples from the Web for salute
Contemporary Examples of salute
The seemingly endless ranks snapped to attention on command and thousands of white gloves rose in salute.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
We salute a venerable lineage of strong women, big hair, and drama.Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
October 21, 2014
Rather than salute with the coffee cup in his hand, President Obama hands the cup to an aide standing on the steps behind him.Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right
September 25, 2014
General Grant issued a general order that “every battery bearing upon the enemy” fire in salute.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
As eight of her novels are republished, we salute a doyenne of literary fiction whose work juxtaposes tragedy and comedy.The Rediscovered Genius of Muriel Spark
July 29, 2014
Historical Examples of salute
The Great Eastern was dressed, three cheers were given, and a salute was fired.Heroes of the Telegraph
He came toward us, humble and cringing, giving the beautiful Arab salute.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
She walked as if she went to meet the morning, and must salute it worthily.Tiverton Tales
Lorenzi lowered his point in salute, in accordance with the rules of fence.Casanova's Homecoming
Miss G. Lord, father, what a thump on the back to salute one with.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Word Origin 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.