salute

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A girl performing a scout salute (formal gesture)

Borrowed from Latin salūtō (to greet; to wish health to), from salūs (greeting, good health), related to salvus (safe).

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Noun[edit]

salute (plural salutes)

  1. An utterance or gesture expressing greeting or honor towards someone, now especially a formal, non-verbal gesture made with the arms or hands in any of various specific positions. [from 15th c.]
    The soldiers greeted the dignitaries with a crisp salute.
    • 1997, Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi, Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini's Italy, page 110:
      The Roman salute, in which the right arm was raised in a straight and perpendicular manner, had been adopted by D'Annunzio during his regency in Fiume. Like other rituals utilized by D'Annunzio, the salute became part of the rising fascist movement's symbolic patrimony and was inherited by Mussolini's government.
    • 2009, Tilman Allert, The Hitler Salute: On the Meaning of a Gesture[1], page 46:
      Like lines of perspective or the beams of searchlights at Nazi Party rallies that shone into the night sky where they met in an infinitely distant beyond, the arms and hands of those giving each other the Hitler salute forever approached each other but never joined.
    • 2010, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Salute the Dark: Shadows of the Apt 4[2], page unnumbered:
      And Kaszaat let out a shriek of pure anger, bursting forwards suddenly, flinging her hand up towards Drephos as though in salute.
  2. A kiss, offered in salutation. [from 16th c.]
    • 1775, Frances Burney, Journals & Letters, Penguin 2001, 8 May:
      [M]aking an apology which, not suspecting his intention, I did not understand, – he gave me a most ardent salute! I have seldom been more surprised. I had no idea of his taking such a freedom.
  3. (military, nautical) A discharge of cannon or similar arms, as a mark of honour or respect. [from 17th c.]
  4. A pyrotechnic device primarily designed to produce a loud bang.

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Verb[edit]

salute (third-person singular simple present salutes, present participle saluting, simple past and past participle saluted)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make a gesture in honor of (someone or something).
    They saluted the flag as it passed in the parade.
    • 1943 June 19, New York Times, quoted in 2000, Terry Eastland, Freedom of Expression in the Supreme Court: The Defining Cases, page 64,
      Yet the simple fact stands that a school child compelled to salute the flag, when he has been taught the flag is an "image" which the Bible forbids him to worship, is in effect made to say what he does not believe.
    • 2000, Eric A. Posner, Law and Social Norms[3], page 129:
      The person who salutes is slavishly obedient, fearful to offend the authorities or other people; the person who declines to salute has integrity and independence.
  2. To act in thanks, honor, or tribute; to thank or extend gratitude; to praise.
    I would like to salute the many dedicated volunteers that make this project possible.
    • 2000, Stephanie Barber, Reap the Harvest for Your Life[4], page vii:
      I salute every preaching and teaching woman with the courage to step out on faith and trust God with her life and her calling.
  3. (Ireland, informal) to wave, to acknowledge an acquaintance.
    I saluted Bill at the concert, but he didn't see me through the crowd.
  4. To address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail.
    • circa 1592, William Shakespeare, William George Clark, William Aldis Wright, editors, King Richard III[5], The Works of William Shakespeare edition, Act 3, Scene 7, 1867, page 578:
      Then I salute you with this kingly title: / Long live Richard, England's royal king!
  5. To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Howard Staunton, editor, King Henry the Eighth[6], volume 3, The Works of William Shakespeare edition, Act 2, Scene 3, 1864, page 292:
      Would I had no being, / If this salute my blood a jot; it faints me, / To think what follows.
  6. (archaic) To kiss.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 220:
      Twice indeed with rapture, which once she called rude, did I salute her; and each time, resenting the freedom, did she retire [] .

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Corsican[edit]

Interjection[edit]

salute

  1. hello, hi

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin salūtem, accusative singular of salūs, from Proto-Indo-European *solh₂- (whole, completed).

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salute f (plural saluti)

  1. health, wellbeing
    L'igiene è una garanzia di salute.Hygiene is a guarantee of health.

Interjection[edit]

salute!

  1. cheers!
  2. bless you!

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Latin[edit]

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salūte

  1. ablative singular of salūs

Romanian[edit]

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Verb[edit]

salute

  1. third-person singular present subjunctive of saluta
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of saluta