namaskar

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Sanskrit नमस्कार (namaskāra), from नमस् (namas, bow, obeisance) +‎ कार (kāra, action).

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Noun[edit]

namaskar (plural namaskars)

  1. (India) The use of the greeting in which one puts one's hands together and bows slightly; greeting with a namaste. [from 19th c.]
    • 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins 2013, p. 228:
      I bowed down, did namaskar and said a prayer.
    • 2015, Tridip Suhrud, translating Govardhanram Madhavram Tripathi, Sarasvatichandra I, Orient BlackSwan 2015, p. 83:
      Navinchandra greeted the Counsellor with a namaskar; Buddhidhan responded solemnly.

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