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greeting

[gree-ting] /ˈgri tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or words of a person who greets.
2.
a friendly message from someone who is absent:
a greeting from a friend in another country.
3.
greetings, an expression of friendly or respectful regard:
Send my greetings to your family.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English gretinge. See greet1, -ing1
Related forms
greetingless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for greetingless

greeting

/ˈɡriːtɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of welcoming or saluting on meeting
2.
(often pl)
  1. an expression of friendly salutation
  2. (as modifier): a greetings card
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Word Origin and History for greetingless

greeting

n.

Old English greting "salutation," verbal noun from gretan (see greet). Related: Greetings. First record of greeting card is from 1876.

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