salaam

salaam

[suh-lahm]
noun
1.
a salutation meaning “peace,” used especially in Islamic countries.
2.
a very low bow or obeisance, especially with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
3.
to salute with a salaam.

Origin:
1605–15; < Arabic salām peace

salaamlike, adjective
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salaam (səˈlɑːm)
 
n
1.  a Muslim form of salutation consisting of a deep bow with the right palm on the forehead
2.  a salutation signifying peace, used chiefly by Muslims
 
vb
3.  to make a salaam or salute (someone) with a salaam
 
[C17: from Arabic salām peace, from the phrase assalām `alaikum peace be to you]

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salaam
Muslim greeting, 1613, from Arabic salam (also in Urdu, Persian), lit. "peace" (cf. Heb. shalom); in full, (as)salam 'alaikum "peace be upon you," from base of salima "he was safe" (cf. Islam, Muslim).
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