- 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.
This woman greets you with a smile and a handshake.
- 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 of greetMiddle 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
Origin of greetMiddle English greten ; from Old English grætan, akin to Gothic gretan and to greet
transitive verbgreet·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 of greetMiddle English greten, from Old English grētan.
(third-person singular simple present greets, present participle greeting, simple past and past participle greeted)
- To address with salutations or expressions of kind wishes; to salute; to hail; to welcome; to accost with friendship; to pay respects or compliments to, either personally or through the intervention of another, or by writing or token.
- To come upon, or meet, as with something that makes the heart glad.
- To accost; to address.
- (intransitive) To meet and give salutations.
- To be perceived by (somebody).
- A brilliant dawn greeted her as she looked out the window.
(comparative more greet, superlative most greet)
- (obsolete except Scotland) Great.
From Middle English greet, grete (“great”).
(third-person singular simple present greets, present participle greeting, simple past and past participle greeted or grat)
From a blend of two Old English verbs, grētan (cognate with Swedish gräta', Danish græde) and grēotan (of uncertain ultimate origin), both ‘weep, lament’.