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- 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.
- (uncountable) The action of the verb to greet.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter II, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- 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.
acknowledgement of a persons presence or arrival