Definition of salaam in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈlɑːm/


A common greeting in many Arabic-speaking and Muslim countries.
Example sentences
  • But the guy was so calm, I came closer to him and said: Salaam. How are you doing?! He looked at me with his eyes barely opened, smiled, and said in a very faint voice: Fine, Thank Allah for everything!
  • Salaam. How's everything? I wish you luck on your mid-year exams.


1A gesture of greeting or respect typically consisting of a low bow of the head and body with the hand or fingers touching the forehead: he greeted me with salaams and repeated cries of welcome
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  • The poem begins with the customary praise to God and then lists her sorrows and in the end she gives her salaam to everybody.
  • If you like coffee and you like ice cream, offer a deep salaam to the good people at Healthy Choice.
  • While gray hair and a wrinkled face will get you nothing in the West except a name card from a plastic surgeon or a discounted fare on the city bus, a wai, a salaam, or a bow from the young is always proffered with sincerity.
1.1 (salaams) Respectful compliments: she had asked him to send me her salaams
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  • Give my salaams to everyone there please? Inshallah we can come back soon. Maybe I'll be able to bring my wife next time.
  • O Jabir! Allah will keep you alive until his time and you will see him. O Jabir! When you meet him, convey my salaams to him.


[no object]
Make a salaam: instead of salaaming he spat on the ground
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  • As we drove into the qila's courtyard we saw a crowd of between twenty and 30 retainers massing to greet the rajah, all frantically bowing and salaaming; as Suleiman got out of the car the foremost ones dived to touch his feet.
  • A week later, bowing and salaaming to me as grateful patients often do, he was discharged with a smile almost as long as the well healed incision on his thigh.
  • I salaamed to her and, grateful for the chance to catch my breath, eat and make a couple of half-time adjustments in the game plan, walked to my office.


Early 17th century: from Arabic (al-)salām (‘alaikum) 'peace (be upon you)'.

Words that rhyme with salaam

alarm, arm, Bairam, balm, barm, becalm, calm, charm, embalm, farm, forearm, Guam, harm, imam, ma'am, malm, Montcalm, Notre-Dame, palm, psalm, qualm, smarm

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