Definition of salute in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈlo͞ot/


1A gesture of respect, homage, or polite recognition or acknowledgment, especially one made to or by a person when arriving or departing: he raises his arms in a triumphant salute
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  • I lifted my glass in salute to all my American friends, enjoying the big Thanksgiving meal, and thought with only a tinge of envy of the delights of roast turkey with all the trimmings.
  • In a final mark of respect, a rescue helicopter circled low over the bay, dropped a wreath into the sea, and dipped its nose in salute to those on the headland.
  • When the jet reached Manchester Airport, the aircraft's wings were tipped in salute to its new home before circling and touching down.
greeting, salutation, gesture of respect, obeisance, acknowledgment, welcome, address
1.1A prescribed or specified movement, typically a raising of a hand to the head, made by a member of a military or similar force as a formal sign of respect or recognition.
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  • A pair of Japanese soldiers stand at attention on either side of the canvas, their arms raised in a military salute.
  • Upon his arrival in Finland, Svinhufvud met him at the dock with a military salute, dressed in the uniform of a sergeant-major.
  • John Lucaks isn't happy with the recent tradition of American presidents returning salutes from uniformed military personnel.
1.2 [often with modifier] The discharge of a gun or guns as a formal or ceremonial sign of respect or celebration: a twenty-one-gun salute
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  • Excitement still pervaded the air, which hummed with voices and the crackle and pop of logs in the fire like a twenty-one gun salute.
  • She received a 21-gun salute during the welcoming ceremony at Merdeka Palace.
  • Hu, who released a short statement outlining the goals of his visit, was given a 21-gun salute as part of an official welcoming ceremony, she said.
1.3 Fencing The formal performance of certain guards or other movements by fencers before engaging.
Example sentences
  • The salute is a traditional and mandatory expression of courtesy and respect that is always rendered at the beginning and end of a fencing lesson, assault or bout.
  • In order to execute the salute, raise your right arm level with your shoulder, the cutting edge of the blade always to the right.


[with object]
1Make a formal salute to: don’t you usually salute a superior officer? [no object]: he clicked his heels and saluted
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  • I'm reminded of the famous essay by the semiotician Roland Barthes, who analysed an image of a black soldier saluting the French flag.
  • I remember when the bonded labourers decided to salute the national flag for the first time, on Independence Day in 1983.
  • True patriotism is more than saluting the flag and obeying the current administration.
1.1Greet: he saluted her with a smile
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  • As we walked, I saw many men greeting or saluting us by kissing her forefinger and bringing it to their forehead.
  • She waved cheerfully and Kyle saluted her right back.
  • Players saluted supporters and the fans hailed their heroes who, at the third attempt in seven roller-coaster seasons, had managed to avoid instant relegation.
greet, address, hail, welcome, acknowledge, toast;
make obeisance to
1.2Show or express admiration and respect for: we salute a truly great photographer
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  • When two boxers trade punches for 12 rounds, we salute the champion and respect the loser.
  • Let's all salute an achievement of truly monumental proportions.
  • To my colleagues who aspired for this position, I salute you and respect you for the good fight we had.
1.3 [with object and complement] archaic Hail (someone) as having a particular high office: they saluted him king when he entered into Jerusalem
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  • And they clothed Him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about His head, And began to salute Him, Hail, King of the Jews!
  • The Iberians had saluted him as a king, but there is no evidence that he ever envisaged playing other than a traditional role in Roman politics.
  • I don t know many men of fifty six who are as fit as you are and the whole community salutes you, the undisputed King of Booleigh!


take the salute

(Of a senior officer in the armed forces or other person of importance) acknowledge formally a salute given by a body of troops marching past.
Example sentences
  • Following the ceremony, war veterans and cadets accompanied by Spen Valley Brass Band paraded to City Hall where the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, took the salute at a march past in Centenary Square.
  • The college's commanding officer, Lt Col Guy Deacon, inspected the soldiers and took the salute as they marched past.
  • After the service, Wing Commander Dave Forbes took the salute at the march past.



Pronunciation: /səˈlo͞odər/
Example sentences
  • All personal salutes may be traced to the prevailing use in earlier days to ensure that the saluter placed himself in an unarmed position.
  • What is now required is the "stiff-arm" salute, the saluter to keep the right hand raised with palm turned up.


Late Middle English: from Latin salutare 'greet, pay one's respects to', from salus, salut- 'health, welfare, greeting'; the noun partly from Old French salut.

  • Salute is from Latin salutare ‘greet, pay one's respects to’, from salus, ‘health, welfare, greeting’ as greetings usually involve wishing someone good health. The same root gives us salutary (Late Middle English) originally ‘conducive to health’ and salubrious (mid 16th century) ‘healthful’. Salvo (late 16th century) comes, via Italian, from the Roman greeting salve, from salutare, and safety, salver, and save also go back to the same root.

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Syllabification: sa·lute

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