verb (used with object), saluted, saluting.
Military. to pay respect to or honor by some formal act, as by raising the right hand to the side of the headgear, presenting arms, firing cannon, dipping colors, etc.
to address with expressions of goodwill, respect, etc.; greet.
to make a bow or other gesture to, as in greeting, farewell, or respect.
to express respect or praise for; honor; commend.
verb (used without object), saluted, saluting.
Military. to give a salute.
to perform a salutation.
the special act of respect paid in saluting.
the position of the hand or rifle in saluting: at the salute.
an act of saluting; salutation.
a gold coin, bearing the image of the Virgin Mary receiving Gabriel's salutation, issued by Charles VI of France and by Henry V and Henry VI of England.

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.

saluter, noun
unsaluted, adjective
unsaluting, adjective

4. applaud, cheer, praise. Unabridged


interjection Italian.
(used after a person has sneezed or as a toast.)

literally, health Unabridged
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salute (səˈluːt)
1.  (tr) to address or welcome with friendly words or gestures of respect, such as bowing or lifting the hat; greet
2.  (tr) to acknowledge with praise or honour: we salute your gallantry
3.  military to pay or receive formal respect, as by presenting arms or raising the right arm
4.  the act of saluting
5.  a formal military gesture of respect
[C14: from Latin salūtāre to greet, from salūs wellbeing]

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Word Origin & History

c.1380, earlier salue (c.1300), from L. salutare "to greet," lit. "wish health to," from salus (gen. salutis) "greeting, good health," related to salvus "safe" (see safe). The noun is attested from c.1400 as an utterance, gesture, or action of any kind. The military and nautical
sense of "display flags, fire cannons, etc., as a mark of respect" is recorded from 1582 (the noun in this sense is from 1698); sense of raising the hand to the cap in the presence of a superior officer is from 1832 (n.), 1844 (v.).
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Example sentences
There was no guard of honor, and no military salute.
Nothing in the way of a salute to his contributions or a tribute to his life's work and accomplishments.
The new movie opening today is actually a salute to the efforts by automakers to create electric cars.
We must salute all who fight for freedom everywhere.
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