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.

  2. hellointerjection

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

    Hello, everyone.

  3. hellointerjection

    A greeting used when answering the telephone.

    Hello? How may I help you?

  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?

  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?

  6. hellointerjection

    An expression of puzzlement or discovery.

    Hello! What's going on here?

  7. 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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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

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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. Vonda Knox:

    I saw him on his porch and said, ‘ Good morning, ’ he turned around and looked at me like I had no business speaking to him. I thought it was really odd. It’s one thing if you’re shy, but he really gave me this look, like, ‘ Why are you talking to me ? ’ You certainly do n’t expect someone to react that way over a simple hello. But no one could have possibly anticipated what happened afterward.

  2. Perry Brass:

    Sports (and the often barely withheld violence around them) have become one of the few modern ways to connect with strangers. They give an amazing number of geeks things to talk about. In the old days we settled for, “Hello, how are you?”

  3. Tawny Kitaen:

    At first, we'd be very low-key about it. Knowing people were always watching, we'd be on the lot and say, ‘Hello, how are you doing today?’ That sort of thing.’.

  4. Finance assignment help:

    Hello. I am looking for finance assignment help right now. Please let me know if you provide this service at your stop. I came across your website long ago and I have been wanting to seek your services since then. I have heard that your finance assignment help is also affordable. Kindly let me know about the process of hiring your tutors urgently for best practices. I will be glad for your help and guidance. Thank you so much.

  5. President Trump:

    I said to the Prime Minister of Japan, I said,' C'mon Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, let's go over and say hello,'.

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