What does hello mean?

Definitions for hello
hɛˈloʊ, hə-, ˈhɛl oʊhel·lo

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hello.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    an expression of greeting

    "every morning they exchanged polite hellos"

GCIDE

  1. Hello(interj. & n.)

    An exclamation used as a greeting, to call attention, as an exclamation of surprise, or to encourage one. This variant of Halloo and Holloo has become the dominant form. In the United States, it is the most common greeting used in answering a telephone.

Wiktionary

  1. hello(Noun)

    "Hello!" or an equivalent greeting.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. hello(Interjection)

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

    Hello, everyone.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. hello(Interjection)

    A greeting used when answering the telephone.

    Hello? How may I help you?

    Etymology: 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.

  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?

    Etymology: 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.

  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?

    Etymology: 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.

  6. hello(Interjection)

    An expression of puzzlement or discovery.

    Hello! What's going on here?

    Etymology: 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.

Wikipedia

  1. Hello

    Hello is a salutation or greeting in the English language. It is first attested in writing from 1826.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hello

    see Halloo

Freebase

  1. Hello

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

Editors Contribution

  1. Hello

    A quick greeting; often showing likeness to the other person(s).

    “Hello! How are you today?”

    Submitted by mooney.madiso02 on February 12, 2019  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

How to pronounce hello?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say hello in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hello in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hello in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of hello in a Sentence

  1. Elon Musk:

    The only tweets that would have to be... reviewed would be if a tweet had a probability of causing a movement in the stock, otherwise, it's — hello, First Amendment.

  2. Jimmy Kimmel:

    You know, it’s a funny thing. We all know, like even the people who like the president know he makes things up, but still, it’s weird to hear him tell a lie that’s specifically involves you, for the record, not only was I not on the sidewalk waiting for him, opening the door to his car, I did n’t even go to his dressing room to sell hello before the show. I never do. In 15 years, I probably, I do n’t know, I’ve done it like seven times.

  3. Chelsea Handler:

    …He tried to Cosby me, oh, I was in Atlantic City playing, doing stand-up, and he was doing stand-up in Atlantic City in the same hotel, and at like three o’clock in the afternoon, someone from the hotel came down and said, ‘Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.’ And I thought, ‘That’s really weird.’ This was like ten years ago. And I said, ‘That’s really weird. I don’t want to go alone.’ I go, I don’t know him. So the three guys I was with—thank God these guys were with me. One was filming and one was like a producer; we were filming something— I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would’ve happened if I went up there alone. And I forgot about it when all the stories about Bill Cosby came out. I was like, I didn’t even think of it. Then my friend texted me the other day saying, ‘Do you remember that night we went up to, or that afternoon we went up to Bill Cosby’s and you were so freaked out you made us come with you?’ And I said, ‘Yeah,’ and he said, ‘Hello! You could’ve been one of his victims if we weren’t there.’ And I went, ‘Oh my gosh . . .’ Yeah, so yeah, he’s guilty… I think it’s pretty obvious now.

  4. President Trump:

    He's coming to Washington, DC, tomorrow and Two US defense officials'll say hello.

  5. Betty White:

    Hello, beautiful, when I started in 1949 I had no idea that I'd still be around at this point, for one thing, or that I'd still be privileged enough to still be in this business. And it is such a privilege.

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