What does hello mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term hello:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. hello, hullo, hi, howdy, how-do-you-do(noun)

    an expression of greeting

    "every morning they exchanged polite hellos"

GCIDE

  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.

Wiktionary

  1. hello(Noun)

    "Hello!" or an equivalent greeting.

  2. hello(Interjection)

    A greeting (salutation) said when meeting someone or acknowledging someone's 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! What's 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.

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?”

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

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



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