namaste

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See also: namasté and namastê

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit नमस्ते ‎(namaste), from नमस् ‎(námas, bow, obeisance, reverential salutation), and ते ‎(te, to you),[1] from Proto-Indo-Iranian *namas- ‎(to bow, prostrate). Compare Persian نماز ‎(namâz).

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namaste

  1. Literally "I bow to you"; used as a greeting or acknowledgement of the equality of all, which pays honor to the sacredness of all.
    • 2013, Susan Clare, Namaste Baby: A Journey to Surrogacy in India, Troubador Publishing Ltd (ISBN 9781783061686), page 241
      I shuffled from one foot to the other outside the room, as I delayed going in. Finally, I took a deep breath, exhaled slowly, and knocked on the door. 'Come in.' It seemed that Vimla was expecting me. 'Namaste.' She said, and gestured for me to ...

Noun[edit]

namaste ‎(plural namastes)

  1. The traditional greeting when saying the word namaste with folded hands and a slight bow.
  2. In yoga, the pose associated with this word, usually with the flat hands held palms together, fingers up, in front of the heart and a slight bow.

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  1. ^ Namaste, Oxford English Dictionary, Draft Revision June 2003.

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Interjection[edit]

namaste

  1. Alternative form of namastê