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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Definitions for namaste

  1. A conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, used by the speaker usually while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom.
  2. A conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, frequently a part of yoga practice.

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Citations for namaste
He made a little namaste at Mamaji, hands pressed together at his chest, a small hint of a bow. Cory Doctorow, For the Win
People emerged from the masjids and mandirs, shops and houses, with faces seemingly devoid of any impulse to offer salaam or namaste, or to smile. Moazzam Sheikh, The idol lover and other stories of Pakistan
Origin of namaste
1945-1950
Namaste has become popular in English as a result of yoga. The Hindi word derives from Sanskrit, namas, "bowing," and te, "to you."