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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Definitions for salaam

  1. a salutation meaning “peace,” used especially in Islamic countries.
  2. a very low bow or obeisance, especially with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead.
  3. to salute with a salaam.

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Citations for salaam
And the black-birds too are dozing, and the bulbuls flitting by whisper with their wings, 'salaam.' Peace and salaam! Ameen Rihani, The Book of Khalid, 1911
"Salaam aleikum" (Peace be with you), I said, and sat down. Rory Stewart, The Places in Between, 2004
Origin of salaam
Salaam is the most common English spelling of the Arabic noun salām “peace.” Salaam is closely related to the Hebrew shalom (šālōm), both coming from the common Semitic noun šalām “peace, well-being” (from the root šlm “to be whole”). Both Arabic and Hebrew use “peace” in their formulas of greeting: the complete Arabic formula is as-salāmu ʿalaykum “peace to you”; the kindred Hebrew formula is shālōm ʿalēkhem. Salaam entered English in the 17th century.