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-donoun

    an expression of greeting

    "every morning they exchanged polite hellos"

GCIDE

  1. Hellointerj. & 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. hellonoun

    "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. hellointerjection

    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. hellointerjection

    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. hellointerjection

    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. hellointerjection

    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. hellointerjection

    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
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
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    Veena
    Indian

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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. Allan Tea:

    Hello Kitty is forever. She really doesn't have no gender. As you can see from the Con, millions of people love her.

  2. Casey Daggert:

    I ’m gon na miss her snuggles. [ She ] just had to be with me all the time and I miss that, i loved her laugh and the way she always wanted to talk to people and say' hello' to people. She was so outgoing and would run up to people and give them big hugs. It was who she was in spirit. She was a giant ball of happiness.

  3. Allan Tea:

    What I got was a Hello Kitty wrapped around with a snake, the reason I like the snake is because I'm a snake in the Asian culture (calendar), so I think it was a good fit with Hello Kitty.

  4. Maria Kang:

    Not a celebrity. Not getting millions to look great in a movie( hello, Hustlers !) or dating a hot athlete( although my hubby is kinda cute !) BUT, it doesn't matter, own Jennifer Lopez story. Create Jennifer Lopez own accountability. Don't make excuses for Jennifer Lopez inaction. If she can do it, if I can do it, if thousands of working moms who come in all sizes, shapes and ages can do it - then YOU CAN DO IT !!!

  5. Emmanuel Macron:

    It’s not such a big deal to get a slap when you go toward a crowd to say hello to some people who were waiting for a long time, we must not make that stupid and violent act more important than it is.

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