Definition of namaste in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌməsteɪ


  • A respectful greeting said when giving a namaskar.
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    • The waiter gives the usual response, ‘Namaste, namaste,’ his hands joined in silent prayer, his head bowed in traditional deference.
    • The standard greeting in Fiji Hindi is ‘namaste’.
    • The customary greeting is to press one's palms together in front of the chest and say ‘namaste’.


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  • another term for namaskar.
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    • The namaste gesture bespeaks our inner valuing of the sacredness of all.
    • He stands listening quietly to another music of his own world, shyly doing a namaste or shaking hands and looking embarrassed if called upon to respond.
    • In India or Thailand, the preferred greeting is not the handshake, but the namaste - hands with palms together under chin area (as if in prayer) with a slight bow of the head.


via Hindi from Sanskrit namas 'bowing' + te 'to you'.

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