salvo

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[ sal-voh ]
/ ˈsæl voʊ /

noun, plural sal·vos, sal·voes.

a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.
a round of fire given as a salute.
a round of cheers or applause.

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Origin of salvo

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1585–95; earlier salva < Italian ≪ Latin salvē salve3

Definition for salvo (2 of 2)

salvo2
[ sal-voh ]
/ ˈsæl voʊ /

noun, plural sal·vos. Archaic.

an excuse or quibbling evasion.
something to save a person's reputation or soothe a person's feelings.

Origin of salvo

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1635–45; < Latin salvō, ablative of salvus safe, found in legal phrases
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British Dictionary definitions for salvo (1 of 3)

salvo1
/ (ˈsælvəʊ) /

noun plural -vos or -voes

a discharge of fire from weapons in unison, esp on a ceremonial occasion
concentrated fire from many weapons, as in a naval battle
an outburst, as of applause

Word Origin for salvo

C17: from Italian salva, from Old French salve, from Latin salvē! greetings! from salvēre to be in good health, from salvus safe

British Dictionary definitions for salvo (2 of 3)

salvo2
/ (ˈsælvəʊ) /

noun plural -vos rare

an excuse or evasion
an expedient to save a reputation or soothe hurt feelings
(in legal documents) a saving clause; reservation

Word Origin for salvo

C17: from such Medieval Latin phrases as salvō iurē the right of keeping safe, from Latin salvus safe

British Dictionary definitions for salvo (3 of 3)

Salvo
/ (ˈsælvəʊ) /

noun plural -vos

Australian slang a member of the Salvation Army
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