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[nuhm-uh-stey] /ˈnʌm əˌsteɪ/
a conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, used by the speaker usually while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom.
Origin of namaste
1945-50; < Sanskrit: hail, literally, (a) bow to thee Unabridged
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Examples from the web for namaste
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for namaste


a salutation used in India
Word Origin
C21: via Hindi from Sanskrit, from namas salutation, bow + te to you
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Contemporary definitions for namaste
noun, interjection

Sanskrit 'homage; bowing to you'

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Word Origin and History for namaste

"salutatory gesture," 1948, from Hindi, from Sanskrit namas "bowing" + te, dative of tuam "you" (singular). Used as a word of greeting from 1967.

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