- Greet is defined as to meet or acknowledge, or to welcome and show friendliness.
- An example of greet is to acknowledge something; to greet the day with a smile.
- An example of greet is to stand at a catering hall door and say hello to guests as they arrive.
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- to speak or write to with expressions of friendliness, respect, pleasure, etc., as in meeting or by letter; hail; welcome
- to meet, receive, address, or acknowledge (a person, utterance, or event) in a specified way: the speech was greeted with cheers; the army was greeted by cannon shots
- to come or appear to; meet: a roaring sound greeted his ears
Origin: Middle English greten from Old English gretan, grætan, akin to Dutch groetan, German grüssen from Indo-European an unverified form ghredh- from base an unverified form gher-, echoic of outcry from source Classical Latin hirrire, to whimper, growl
- greeter noun
Origin: Middle English greten from Old English grætan, akin to Gothic gretan and to greet
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transitive verb greet·ed, greet·ing, greets
- To salute or welcome in a friendly and respectful way with speech or writing, as upon meeting or in opening a letter.
- To receive with a specified reaction: greet a joke with laughter.
- To be perceived by: A din greeted our ears.
Origin: Middle English greten, from Old English grētan.
- greetˈer noun