[ suh-loot ]
/ səˈlut /

verb (used with object), sa·lut·ed, sa·lut·ing.

verb (used without object), sa·lut·ed, sa·lut·ing.

Military. to give a salute.
to perform a salutation.


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 forms

sa·lut·er, nounun·sa·lut·ed, adjectiveun·sa·lut·ing, adjective

Definition for salute (2 of 2)


[ sah-loo-te ]
/ sɑˈlu tɛ /

interjection Italian.

(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. 2019

Examples from the Web for salute

British Dictionary definitions for salute


/ (səˈluːt) /


(tr) to address or welcome with friendly words or gestures of respect, such as bowing or lifting the hat; greet
(tr) to acknowledge with praise or honourwe salute your gallantry
military to pay or receive formal respect, as by presenting arms or raising the right arm


the act of saluting
a formal military gesture of respect

Derived Forms

saluter, noun

Word Origin for salute

C14: from Latin salūtāre to greet, from salūs wellbeing
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