What does hello mean?

Definitions for hellohɛˈloʊ, hə-, ˈhɛl oʊ

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"


  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.


  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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Don Carpenter quoting a Hollywood agent:

    Hello," he lied.

  2. Groucho Marx:

    Hello, I Must Be Going

  3. Johnny Cash:

    Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.

  4. Roger Zelazny:

    Goodbye, and hello, as always.

  5. Scarface:

    Tony Montana Say hello to my little friend

Images & Illustrations of hello

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