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[gree-ting] /ˈgri tɪŋ/
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.
Origin of greeting
before 900; Middle English, Old English gretinge. See greet1, -ing1
Related forms
greetingless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for greetings
  • Afterward others were given a chance to send their own greetings.
  • After the ordinary greetings and courtesies he sat down and listened.
  • Inside the farmhouse, the family greetings were casual and restrained.
  • The blogosphere has been inundated with people mocking the new salutation and proposing alternative greetings.
  • Target, for example, is selling gift cards that double as wind-up toys or play recorded greetings.
  • The sneak peek featured greetings from some of the cast members.
  • The greetings exchanged were of marked personal cordiality.
  • No quiet greetings between members of the community or shuffling of children into seats.
  • We exchanged greetings and congratulated each other, and spoke briefly about our hopes and concerns for the future.
  • It includes clips of celebrities looking into the camera and offering their sincere greetings to the royal couple.
British Dictionary definitions for greetings


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



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

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