a conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, used by the speaker usually while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom.

1945–50; < Sanskrit: hail, literally, (a) bow to thee Unabridged
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namaste (ˌnʌməsˈteɪ)
a salutation used in India
[C21: via Hindi from Sanskrit, from namas salutation, bow + te to you]

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Main Entry:  namaste
Part of Speech:  n, interj
Example:  Sanskrit 'homage; bowing to you'
Etymology:  namaste v's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

"salutatory gesture," 1948, from Hindi, from Skt. namas "bowing" + te, dat. of tuam "you" (sing.). Used as a word of greeting from 1967.
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Example sentences
Clutching bunch of marigolds, a weeping mourner presses his hands together in a namaste, a traditional Indian sign of homage.
Ceylonese still have to say yes sir and namaste to their former masters and current masters respectively.
Namaste, as your instructor says at the end of a session: the divine in me bows to the divine in you.
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