1 [sal-voh]
noun, plural salvos, salvoes.
a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.
a round of fire given as a salute.
a round of cheers or applause.

1585–95; earlier salva < ItalianLatin salvē salve3 Unabridged


2 [sal-voh]
noun, plural salvos. Archaic.
an excuse or quibbling evasion.
something to save a person's reputation or soothe a person's feelings.

1635–45; < Latin salvō, ablative of salvus safe, found in legal phrases Unabridged
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salvo1 (ˈsælvəʊ)
n , pl -vos, -voes
1.  a discharge of fire from weapons in unison, esp on a ceremonial occasion
2.  concentrated fire from many weapons, as in a naval battle
3.  an outburst, as of applause
[C17: from Italian salva, from Old French salve, from Latin salvē! greetings! from salvēre to be in good health, from salvus safe]

salvo2 (ˈsælvəʊ)
n , pl -vos
1.  an excuse or evasion
2.  an expedient to save a reputation or soothe hurt feelings
3.  (in legal documents) a saving clause; reservation
[C17: from such Medieval Latin phrases as salvō iurē the right of keeping safe, from Latin salvus safe]

Salvo (ˈsælvəʊ)
n , pl -vos
slang (Austral) a member of the Salvation Army

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Word Origin & History

1719, alteration of salva (1591) "simultaneous discharge of guns," from It. salva "salute, volley" (cf. Fr. salve, from It.), from L. salve "hail!," lit. "be in good health!," the usual Roman greeting, regarded as imperative of salvere "to be in good health," but prop. voc. of salvus "healthy" (see
safe (adj.)). The notion is of important visitors greeted with a volley of gunfire into the air.
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