salamelecco

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic اَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ(as-salāmu ʿalaykum, peace upon you, a common greeting). See also Portuguese salamaleque and French salamalec.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /sa.la.meˈlɛk.ko/
  • Hyphenation: sa‧la‧me‧lèc‧co

Noun[edit]

salamelecco m (plural salamelecchi)

  1. (informal, usually derogatory, especially in the plural) bowing and scraping, flattery
    Lo accolse con molti salamelecchi.
    He received him with much bowing and scraping.
    Synonyms: cerimonia, complimento, convenevole, leziosaggine, moina, smanceria