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noun, plural sal·vos, sal·voes.
  1. a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.
  2. a round of fire given as a salute.
  3. a round of cheers or applause.

Origin of salvo

1585–95; earlier salva < ItalianLatin salvē salve3


noun, plural sal·vos. Archaic.
  1. an excuse or quibbling evasion.
  2. something to save a person's reputation or soothe a person's feelings.

Origin of salvo

1635–45; < Latin salvō, ablative of salvus safe, found in legal phrases Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for salvo

volley, barrage, bombardment, cannonade, gunfire, burst

Examples from the Web for salvo

Contemporary Examples of salvo

Historical Examples of salvo

  • There never was a rogue, who had not a salvo to himself for being so.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Beyond the Po they too had been awaiting the salvo of artillery that should be their signal to advance.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • There was also no indication that Hoddy's salvo had had any effect on them.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • (p. 419) A salvo of profanity from the train crew followed them.

  • In your presence I can do so without departing from my principles, salvo pudoribus.

British Dictionary definitions for salvo


noun plural -vos or -voes
  1. a discharge of fire from weapons in unison, esp on a ceremonial occasion
  2. concentrated fire from many weapons, as in a naval battle
  3. 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


noun plural -vos rare
  1. an excuse or evasion
  2. an expedient to save a reputation or soothe hurt feelings
  3. (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


noun plural -vos
  1. Australian slang a member of the Salvation Army
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Word Origin and History for salvo

1719, alteration of salva (1590s) "simultaneous discharge of guns," from Italian salva "salute, volley" (cf. French salve, 16c., from Italian), from Latin salve "hail!," literally "be in good health!," the usual Roman greeting, regarded as imperative of salvere "to be in good health," but properly vocative of salvus "healthy" (see safe (adj.)). The notion is of important visitors greeted with a volley of gunfire into the air; applied afterward to any concentrated fire from guns.

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