salute

A salute is a sign of respect. A soldier may salute senior officers by raising a hand to his or her head, or you may informally salute a neighbor with a tip of your hat.

Salute often has a military context, whether used as a verb or a noun. When gladiators showed up for a day’s work at the Coliseum in Ancient Rome, they had to be prepared to die in battle for the entertainment of the emperor. Beforehand, they would address the emperor with the Latin words “morituri te salutant”, which means “Those of us who are about to die salute you.” Many centuries later, the heavy metal band AC/DC would change those words to a song with a much happier sentiment: “For those about to rock, we salute you.” Rock on.

Primary Meanings of salute

1.
nv
a formal military gesture of respect
recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
2.
vn
greet in a friendly way
an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat
Full Definitions of salute
1

n a formal military gesture of respect

Synonyms:
military greeting
Type of:
greeting, salutation
(usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)

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

“When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute
Synonyms:
present
Type of:
greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone

v honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers

Type of:
greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone
2

v greet in a friendly way

“I meet this men every day on my way to work and he salutes me”
Types:
salaam
greet with a salaam
Type of:
greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone

v express commendation of

“I salute your courage!”
Type of:
praise
express approval of

v propose a toast to

Synonyms:
drink, pledge, toast, wassail
Types:
give
propose
Type of:
honor, honour, reward
bestow honor or rewards upon

v become noticeable

“a terrible stench saluted our nostrils”
Type of:
smell
smell bad

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

Type of:
greeting, salutation
(usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)

n an act of honor or courteous recognition

“a musical salute to the composer on his birthday”
Synonyms:
salutation
Type of:
credit, recognition
approval

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