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namaste

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌməsteɪ
 
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Indian

Definition of namaste in English:

exclamation

A respectful greeting said when giving a namaskar.
Example sentences
  • 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’.

noun

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another term for namaskar.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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