greeting

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greeting (countable and uncountable, plural greetings)

  1. A conventional phrase used to start a letter or conversation or otherwise to acknowledge a person's arrival or presence.
    It's polite to begin a letter with a greeting, but this practice is less common in email.
  2. (uncountable) The action of the verb to greet.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, The Celebrity:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.

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greeting

  1. Present participle of greet.