Definitions for salutesəˈlut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sa•lutesəˈlut(n.; v.)-lut•ed, -lut•ing.

  1. Category: Military

  2. (n.)a formal gesture of respect given to a person of superior military rank, as raising the right hand to the side of the head. a ceremonial gesture of respect, as the discharge of firearms, performed by a military or naval force to honor a dignitary or commemorate an occasion.

    Category: Military

  3. any instance or occasion of formal greeting or welcome.

  4. (v.t.)to give a salute to.

    Category: Military

  5. to address with expressions of goodwill, respect, etc.; greet.

  6. to make a bow or other gesture to, as in greeting, farewell, or respect.

  7. to express respect or praise for; honor; commend.

  8. (v.i.)to give a salute.

    Category: Military, Common Vocabulary

Origin of salute:

1350–1400; (v.) ME < L salūtāre to greet, wish well, der. of salūs, s. salūt- health; (n.) ME, partly < OF salut

Princeton's WordNet

  1. salute, salutation(noun)

    an act of honor or courteous recognition

    "a musical salute to the composer on his birthday"

  2. salute, military greeting(noun)

    a formal military gesture of respect

  3. salute(verb)

    an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat

  4. toast, drink, pledge, salute, wassail(verb)

    propose a toast to

    "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"

  5. salute(verb)

    greet in a friendly way

    "I meet this men every day on my way to work and he salutes me"

  6. salute(verb)

    express commendation of

    "I salute your courage!"

  7. salute(verb)

    become noticeable

    "a terrible stench saluted our nostrils"

  8. salute(verb)

    honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers

  9. salute, present(verb)

    recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position

    "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. salute(verb)əˈlut

    to put your hand up to your head in a salute

    soldiers saluting the major; They salute as they march past.

  2. salute(noun)əˈlut

    a sign of respect in the military made by holding your hand up to your head

    He gave a quick salute.


  1. salute(Noun)

    A formal gesture done in honor of someone or something, usually with the hand or hands in one of various particular positions.

    The soldiers greeted the dignitaries with a crisp salute.

  2. salute(Noun)

    Any action done for the purpose of honor or tribute .

    The orchestra performed the concert as a salute to Gershwin.

  3. salute(Verb)

    To make a gesture in honor of someone or something.

    They saluted the flag as it passed in the parade.

  4. salute(Verb)

    To act in thanks, honor, or tribute; to thank or extend gratitude.

    I would like to salute the many dedicated volunteers that make this project possible.

  5. Origin: from Latin salutare "to greet"; literally, "wish health to," from salus (gen. salutis) "greeting, good health", related to salvus "safe".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Salute(verb)

    to address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail

  2. Salute(verb)

    hence, to give a sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc

  3. Salute(verb)

    to honor, as some day, person, or nation, by a discharge of cannon or small arms, by dipping colors, by cheers, etc

  4. Salute(verb)

    to promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify

  5. Salute

    the act of saluting, or expressing kind wishes or respect; salutation; greeting

  6. Salute

    a sign, token, or ceremony, expressing good will, compliment, or respect, as a kiss, a bow, etc

  7. Salute

    a token of respect or honor for some distinguished or official personage, for a foreign vessel or flag, or for some festival or event, as by presenting arms, by a discharge of cannon, volleys of small arms, dipping the colors or the topsails, etc


  1. Salute

    A salute is a gesture or other action used to display respect. Salutes are primarily associated with armed forces, but other organisations and civil people also use salutes.

Anagrams of salute

  1. Aleuts

Translations for salute

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(especially in the forces) to raise the (usually right) hand to the forehead to show respect

They saluted their commanding officer.

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