What does salute mean?

Definitions for salute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. salute, salutationnoun

    an act of honor or courteous recognition

    "a musical salute to the composer on his birthday"

  2. salute, military greetingnoun

    a formal military gesture of respect

  3. saluteverb

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

  4. toast, drink, pledge, salute, wassailverb

    propose a toast to

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

  5. saluteverb

    greet in a friendly way

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

  6. saluteverb

    express commendation of

    "I salute your courage!"

  7. saluteverb

    become noticeable

    "a terrible stench saluted our nostrils"

  8. saluteverb

    honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers

  9. salute, presentverb

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

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


  1. salutenoun

    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. salutenoun

    Any action done for the purpose of honor or tribute .

    The orchestra performed the concert as a salute to Gershwin.

  3. saluteverb

    To make a gesture in honor of someone or something.

    They saluted the flag as it passed in the parade.

  4. saluteverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Salutenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The custom of praying for those that sneeze is more ancient than these opinions hereof: so that not any one disease has been the occasion of this salute and deprecation. Brown.

    O, what avails me now that honour high
    To have conceiv’d of God, or that salute,
    Hail highly favour’d, among women blest! Parad. Reg.

    Continual salutes and addresses entertaining him all the way, kept him from saving so great a life, but with one glance of his eye upon the paper, ’till he came to the fatal place where he was stabbed. Robert South, Sermons.

    I shall not trouble my reader with the first salutes of our three friends. Addison.

    There cold salutes, but here a lover’s kiss. Wentworth Dillon.

  2. To Saluteverb

    Etymology: saluto, Latin; saluer, French.

    The golden sun salutes the morn,
    And, having gilt the ocean with his beams,
    Gallops the zodiack in his glist’ring coach. William Shakespeare, Tit. And.

    One hour hence
    Shall salute your grace of York as mother. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Would I had no being,
    If this salute my blood a jot: it saints me,
    To think what follows. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.


  1. Salute

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



    SALUTE can refer to a number of different definitions, but in a general context, it can be defined as an acronym representing a procedure or protocol used to gather and relay information during military communications or intelligence reporting. Each letter in the acronym represents a specific element that needs to be addressed to ensure the effective transmission of information.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saluteverb

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

  2. Saluteverb

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

  3. Saluteverb

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

  4. Saluteverb

    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

  8. Etymology: [L. salutare, salutatum, from salus, -utis, health, safety. See Salubrious.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Salute

    sal-ūt′, v.t. to address with kind wishes: to greet with a kiss, a bow, &c.: to honour formally by a discharge of cannon, striking colours, &c.—n. act of saluting: the position of the hand, sword, &c. in saluting: greeting: a kiss: a complimentary discharge of cannon, dipping colours, presenting arms, &c., in honour of any one.—ns. Salūtā′tion, act of saluting: that which is said in saluting, any customary or ceremonious form of address at meeting or at parting, or of ceremonial on religious or state occasions, including both forms of speech and gestures: (obs.) quickening, excitement: the Angelic Salutation (see Ave); Salūtatō′rian, in American colleges, the member of a graduating class who pronounces the salutatory oration.—adv. Salū′tatorily.—adj. Salū′tatory, pertaining to salutation.—n. a sacristy in the early church in which the clergy received the greetings of the people: an oration in Latin delivered by the student who ranks second.—n. Salū′ter. [L. salutāre, -ātumsalus, salutis.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. salute

    A discharge of cannon or small arms, display of flags, or cheering of men, in deference, by the ships of one nation to those of another, or by ships of the same nation to a superior or an equal. Also, the proper compliment paid by troops, on similar occasions, whether with the sword, musket, or hand.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. salute

    A discharge of artillery in compliment to some individual; beating of drums and dropping of colors for the same purpose; or by earning or presenting arms according to the rank and position of an officer. A salute with cannon is a certain number of arms fired in succession with blank cartridges, in honor of a person, to celebrate an event, or to show respect to the flag of a country. The rapidity with which the pieces are discharged depends upon their caliber. Field-guns should have intervals of five seconds between discharges; siege-guns, eight; and guns of heavier caliber, ten. The minimum number of pieces with which salutes can be fired is 2 for field, 4 for siege, and 6 for sea coast guns.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Salute is ranked #123064 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Salute surname appeared 140 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Salute.

    90% or 126 total occurrences were White.
    5% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.2% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

Anagrams for salute »

  1. Aleuts

  2. setula

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of salute in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of salute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of salute in a Sentence

  1. Rabbi Reuven Mintz:

    Our hope is that meeting someone who witnessed, firsthand, the atrocities committed under the same swastika and salute will help guide these students towards a life of tolerance and acceptance.

  2. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi:

    I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

  3. Chang Gwang-il:

    Timing wise, today's missile was a cannon salute on the Day of the Sun, leading up to the party congress, but now that it has failed, it is an embarrassment.

  4. Ariel Henry:

    The first convoys started following the coordination efforts of several ministers mobilized at the level of the National Emergency Center, we salute the dignity, the resilience effort of the victims and their ability to start over. From my observations, I deduce that Haitians want to live and progress. Let us unite to offer these people a living environment conducive to development.

  5. Evo Morales:

    Any armed intervention wont solve social, or political, problems, i salute the resistance of the Venezuelan people, despite the economic blockade, the energy blackouts, the threats of intervention.

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