नमस्ते

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Hindi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit नमस्ते (namaste), from नमस् (namas, bow, obeisance, reverential salutation).

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

नमस्ते (namaste), Urdu spelling: نمستے

  1. A salutation; a greeting used for most purposes including hello, good morning/afternoon, and goodbye

Usage notes[edit]

नमस्ते is a secular greeting but it can also be seen by some as a Hindu greeting. Sikh speakers in formal situations may prefer to use सत श्री अकाल (sat śrī akāl) when greeting other Sikhs, and Muslim speakers utilize सलाम अलैकुम (salām alaikum) when greeting other Muslims. It is often considered gracious to greet someone in their religion's greeting.

In modern Hindi urban usage, the English hi and hello are also common.

Noun[edit]

नमस्ते (namastefUrdu spelling نمستے

  1. greeting, salutation, an instance of the interjection namaste

References[edit]

  • McGregor, R.S, ed. The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary, Oxford university press. 1993

Sanskrit[edit]

Interjection[edit]

नमस्ते (namaste)

  1. hello