Definition of namaste in English:

Share this entry

namaste

Pronunciation: /ˈnʌməsteɪ/
Indian

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

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'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: nam|aste

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.