What does salute mean?

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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".


  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.

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.

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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. Faisal Sultan:

    I salute our frontline healthcare workers for their efforts and they’ll be first to get vaccinated.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Happy Memorial Day! The celebration of "Memorial Day" had began after the Civil War, when it was known as “Decoration Day.” Today, Memorial Day is a very special day in America, on the last Monday in May, when we honor all American Heroes who sacrificed their lives for our great nation. Our respectful salute to all American Heroes. God Bless America!

  3. Kevin Roberts:

    Our kids will say the Pledge of Allegiance, salute the flag, learn that America is a great country, and choose the school that best fits them.

  4. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    As it was 189 years ago, so today the cause of America is a revolutionary cause. And I am proud this morning to salute you as fellow revolutionaries. Neither you nor I are willing to accept the tyranny of poverty, nor the dictatorship of ignorance, nor the despotism of ill health, nor the oppression of bias and prejudice and bigotry. We want change. We want progress. We want it both abroad and at homeand we aim to get it.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    I support what is happening in the Judiciary Committee that enables them to do their process of interrogation and their investigation, and I salute them for that work.

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