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.

Definitions of salute
  1. noun
    a formal military gesture of respect
    synonyms: military greeting
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    type of:
    greeting, salutation
    (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
  2. verb
    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
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    type of:
    greet, recognise, recognize
    express greetings upon meeting someone
  3. verb
    honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
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    type of:
    greet, recognise, recognize
    express greetings upon meeting someone
  4. verb
    greet in a friendly way
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    types:
    salaam
    greet with a salaam
    type of:
    greet, recognise, recognize
    express greetings upon meeting someone
  5. verb
    express commendation of
    “I salute your courage!”
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    type of:
    praise
    express approval of
  6. verb
    propose a toast to
    synonyms: drink, pledge, toast, wassail
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    types:
    give
    propose
    type of:
    honor, honour, reward
    bestow honor or rewards upon
  7. verb
    become noticeable
    “a terrible stench saluted our nostrils”
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    type of:
    smell
    smell bad
  8. noun
    an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat
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    type of:
    greeting, salutation
    (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
  9. noun
    an act of honor or courteous recognition
    “a musical salute to the composer on his birthday”
    synonyms: salutation
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    type of:
    credit, recognition
    approval
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