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salaam

[suh-lahm] /səˈlɑm/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; < Arabic salām peace
Related forms
salaamlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for salaam

salaam

/səˈlɑːm/
noun
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
verb
3.
to make a salaam or salute (someone) with a salaam
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic salām peace, from the phrase assalām `alaikum peace be to you
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Word Origin and History for salaam

Muslim greeting, 1610s, from Arabic salam (also in Urdu, Persian), literally "peace" (cf. Hebrew shalom); in full, (as)salam 'alaikum "peace be upon you," from base of salima "he was safe" (cf. Islam, Muslim).

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