hello[he lō′, hel′ō′]
- Hello is defined as a greeting or a response when on the phone, used to bring attention or an expression of surprise.
- An example of hello is what a person says when they answer the phone.
- An example of hello is what one person says to another when they're walking towards each other.
- used as a greeting or response, as in telephoning
- used to attract attention
- used to express astonishment or surprise: hello! what's this in my soup?
Origin of hellovariant, variety of hollo
intransitive verbhel·loed, hel·lo·ing, hel·loes
Origin of helloAlteration of hallo, alteration of obsolete holla, stop!, perhaps from Old French hola : ho, ho! + la, there (from Latin illāc, that way).
- A greeting (salutation) said when meeting someone or acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence.
- Hello, everyone.
- A greeting used when answering the telephone.
- Hello? How may I help you?
- A call for response if it is not clear if anyone is present or listening, or if a telephone conversation may have been disconnected.
- Hello? Is anyone there?
- (colloquial) Used sarcastically to imply that the person addressed or referred to has done something the speaker or writer considers to be foolish.
- You just tried to start your car with your cell phone. Hello?
- An expression of puzzlement or discovery.
- Hello! What’s going on here?
- The greeting hello is among the most generic and neutral in use. It may be heard in nearly all social situations and in nearly all walks of life, and is unlikely to cause offense.
- "Hello!" or an equivalent greeting.
Hello (first attested in 1833), from holla, hollo (attested 1588). This variant of hallo is often credited to Thomas Edison as a coinage for telephone use, but its appearance in print predates the invention of the telephone by several decades.