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salute

[suh-loot] /səˈlut/
verb (used with object), saluted, saluting.
1.
Military. to pay respect to or honor by some formal act, as by raising the right hand to the side of the headgear, presenting arms, firing cannon, dipping colors, etc.
2.
to address with expressions of goodwill, respect, etc.; greet.
3.
to make a bow or other gesture to, as in greeting, farewell, or respect.
4.
to express respect or praise for; honor; commend.
verb (used without object), saluted, saluting.
5.
Military. to give a salute.
6.
to perform a salutation.
noun
7.
Military.
  1. the special act of respect paid in saluting.
  2. the position of the hand or rifle in saluting:
    at the salute.
8.
an act of saluting; salutation.
9.
a gold coin, bearing the image of the Virgin Mary receiving Gabriel's salutation, issued by Charles VI of France and by Henry V and Henry VI of England.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English saluten < Latin salūtāre to greet (literally, to hail), derivative of salūt- (stem of salūs) health; replacing salue < French saluer < Latin, as above; (noun) Middle English, partly < Old French salut (derivative of saluer), partly derivative of the v.
Related forms
saluter, noun
unsaluted, adjective
unsaluting, adjective
Synonyms
4. applaud, cheer, praise.

salute

[sah-loo-te] /sɑˈlu tɛ/
interjection, Italian.
1.
(used after a person has sneezed or as a toast.)
Origin
literally, health
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Examples from the web for salute
  • There was no guard of honor, and no military salute.
  • We must salute all who fight for freedom everywhere.
  • salute a friend with an e-greeting of a floral flag.
  • We salute you, crazy bike building guy, whoever you may be.
  • There are reports of troops firing shots into the air to salute the protests.
  • Nothing in the way of a salute to his contributions or a tribute to his life's work and accomplishments.
  • The new movie opening today is actually a salute to the efforts by automakers to create electric cars.
British Dictionary definitions for salute

salute

/səˈluːt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to address or welcome with friendly words or gestures of respect, such as bowing or lifting the hat; greet
2.
(transitive) to acknowledge with praise or honour: we salute your gallantry
3.
(military) to pay or receive formal respect, as by presenting arms or raising the right arm
noun
4.
the act of saluting
5.
a formal military gesture of respect
Derived Forms
saluter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin salūtāre to greet, from salūs wellbeing
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Word Origin and History for salute
v.

late 14c., "to greet courteously and respectfully," earlier salue (c.1300), from Latin salutare "to greet, pay respects," literally "wish health to," from salus (genitive salutis) "greeting, good health," related to salvus "safe" (see safe (adj.)). The military and nautical sense of "display flags, fire cannons, etc., as a mark of respect" is recorded from 1580s; specific sense of "raise the hand to the cap in the presence of a superior officer" is from 1844.

n.

c.1400, "act of saluting, respectful gesture of greeting, salutation," from salute (v.). The military sense is from 1690s; specifically of the hand-to-cap gesture from 1832.

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Slang definitions & phrases for salute

salute

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run something up the flagpole


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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