the act or words of a person who greets.
a friendly message from someone who is absent: a greeting from a friend in another country.
greetings, an expression of friendly or respectful regard: Send my greetings to your family.

before 900; Middle English, Old English gretinge. See greet1, -ing1

greetingless, adjective Unabridged


1 [greet]
verb (used with object)
to address with some form of salutation; welcome.
to meet or receive: to be greeted by cheering crowds; to greet a proposal with boos and hisses.
to manifest itself to: Music greeted his ear as he entered the salon.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to give salutations on meeting.

before 900; Middle English greten, Old English grētan; cognate with German grüssen

greeter, noun

1. hail, accost.


2 [greet] Scot. and North England Archaic.
verb (used without object)
to grieve; lament; cry.
verb (used with object)
to lament; bewail.

before 900; Middle English grete, Old English grǣtan; cognate with ON grāta, Gothic gretan Unabridged
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greet1 (ɡriːt)
1.  to meet or receive with expressions of gladness or welcome
2.  to send a message of friendship to
3.  to receive in a specified manner: her remarks were greeted by silence
4.  to become apparent to: the smell of bread greeted him
[Old English grētan; related to Old High German gruozzen to address]

greet2 (ɡriːt)
1.  (intr) to weep; lament
2.  weeping; lamentation
[from Old English grētan, northern dialect variant of grætan; compare Old Norse grāta, Middle High German grazen]

greeting (ˈɡriːtɪŋ)
1.  the act or an instance of welcoming or saluting on meeting
2.  (often plural)
 a.  an expression of friendly salutation
 b.  (as modifier): a greetings card

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gretan "to come in contact with" (in sense of "attack, accost" as well as "salute, welcome"), from W.Gmc. *grotja (cf. O.S. grotian, O.Fris. greta, Du. groeten, O.H.G. gruozen, Ger. grußen "to salute, greet"), perhaps originally "to resound" (via notion of "cause to speak"), causative of P.Gmc.
*grætanan, root of O.E. grætan (Anglian gretan) "weep, bewail," and greet still means "cry, weep" in Scot. & northern England dialect. Grætan is probably also the source of the second element in regret. First record of greeting card is from 1898.
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Example sentences
And one of those samples came from a left hand, which didn't participate in any
  of the meeting or greeting.
He never showed any aggression towards a human, and his favorite greeting for
  strangers was a lick in the face.
Meeting them in the street, she never raised her head to receive their greeting.
She spoke to the heroes in greeting and bade them stay in peace for as long as
  they would.
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