[shah-lawm; English shuh-lohm]

interjection Hebrew.

peace (used as a word of greeting or farewell).

Also sholom. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for shalom

welcome, howdy, hi, bonjour, hey

Examples from the Web for shalom

Contemporary Examples of shalom

Historical Examples of shalom

  • For this they had to employ Shalom Cohen, a turn-coat, who had formerly belonged to the ranks of the reformers.

  • "Shalom Aleichem," he began, his tongue faltering a little over the old Hebrew greeting he had not used for so long.

    The New Land

    Elma Ehrlich Levinger

  • If we did not wish to join in the dancing, but wanted to leave, they would just say 'Shalom'—'go in peace but come again.'

Word Origin and History for shalom

Jewish word of greeting, Hebrew, literally "peace," properly "completeness, soundness, welfare," from stem of shalam "was intact, was complete, was in good health." Related to Arabic salima "was safe," aslama "surrendered, submitted."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

shalom in Culture


[(shah-lohm, shuh-lohm)]

A Hebrew word used to mean both “hello” and “good-bye”; literally, it means “peace.”

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