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salvo1

[sal-voh] /ˈsæl voʊ/
noun, plural salvos, salvoes.
1.
a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.
2.
a round of fire given as a salute.
3.
a round of cheers or applause.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; earlier salva < ItalianLatin salvē salve3

salvo2

[sal-voh] /ˈsæl voʊ/
noun, plural salvos. Archaic.
1.
an excuse or quibbling evasion.
2.
something to save a person's reputation or soothe a person's feelings.
Origin
1635-45; < Latin salvō, ablative of salvus safe, found in legal phrases
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British Dictionary definitions for salvos

salvo1

/ˈsælvəʊ/
noun (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
Word Origin
C17: from Italian salva, from Old French salve, from Latin salvē! greetings! from salvēre to be in good health, from salvus safe

salvo2

/ˈsælvəʊ/
noun (rare) (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
Word Origin
C17: from such Medieval Latin phrases as salvō iurē the right of keeping safe, from Latin salvus safe

Salvo

/ˈsælvəʊ/
noun (pl) -vos
1.
(Austral, slang) a member of the Salvation Army
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Word Origin and History for salvos

salvo

n.

1719, alteration of salva (1590s) "simultaneous discharge of guns," from Italian salva "salute, volley" (cf. French salve, 16c., from Italian), from Latin salve "hail!," literally "be in good health!," the usual Roman greeting, regarded as imperative of salvere "to be in good health," but properly vocative of salvus "healthy" (see safe (adj.)). The notion is of important visitors greeted with a volley of gunfire into the air; applied afterward to any concentrated fire from guns.

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