Definitions for hellohɛˈloʊ, hə-, ˈhɛl oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hel•lohɛˈloʊ, hə-, ˈhɛl oʊ(interj.; n.)(pl.)-los

  1. (interj.)(used to express a greeting, answer a telephone, or attract attention.)

  2. (used as an exclamation of surprise, wonder, etc.)

  3. (used derisively to question the comprehension, intelligence, or common sense of the person being addressed.)

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. (n.)an act or instance of saying “hello”; greeting.

  5. (v.i.)to say or shout “hello.”

  6. (v.t.)to say “hello” to.

    Ref: Also, esp. Brit., hullo.

Origin of hello:

1850–55, Amer.; var. of hallo

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hello, hullo, hi, howdy, how-do-you-do(noun)

    an expression of greeting

    "every morning they exchanged polite hellos"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hello(interjection)ɛˈloʊ, hə-, ˈhɛl oʊ

    used to greet sb in person, on the telephone, and sometimes in writing

    Hello! It's nice to meet you.; Hello, could I speak to Aaron?

  2. helloɛˈloʊ, hə-, ˈhɛl oʊ

    used to get sb's attention

    Hello, can anyone hear me?

  3. helloɛˈloʊ, hə-, ˈhɛl oʊ

    used to express frustration when sb is behaving stupidly

    I mean, hello, does he think money grows on trees?


  1. hello(Noun)

    "Hello!" or an equivalent greeting.

  2. hello(Interjection)

    A greeting (salutation) said when meeting someone or acknowledging someoneu2019s arrival or presence.

    Hello, everyone.

  3. hello(Interjection)

    A greeting used when answering the telephone.

    Hello? How may I help you?

  4. hello(Interjection)

    A call for response if it is not clear if anyone is present or listening, or if a telephone conversation may have been disconnected.

    Hello? Is anyone there?

  5. hello(Interjection)

    Used sarcastically to imply that the person addressed or referred to has done something the speaker or writer considers to be foolish.

    You just tried to start your car with your cell phone. Hello?

  6. hello(Interjection)

    An expression of puzzlement or discovery.

    Hello! Whatu2019s going on here?

  7. Origin: hello (first attested in 1846) from hallo (attested 1840), from holla, hollo (attested 1588). This variant of hallo is often credited to Thomas Edison as a coinage for telephone use, but its appearance in print predates the invention of the telephone by several decades.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hello

    see Halloo


  1. Hello

    Hello is a salutation or greeting in the English language. It is attested in writing as early as the 1860s.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hello' in Written Corpus Frequency: #426

Translations for hello

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a word used as a greeting, to attract attention, or to express surprise

Say hello to your aunt; `Hullo,' I said to myself, `What's going on here?'

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