a Hindu gesture of salutation made by placing the palms together, thumbs against the chest, and bowing the head slightly
Origin of namaskarHindi from Sanskrit námas-, a bow from Indo-European base an unverified form nem-, to bend, bow
[usually in italics] used when making this gesture
A polite or respectful gesture of greeting or farewell widely used among Hindus and made by pressing the palms together at an upward angle in front of the chest and generally accompanied by a slight bow.
Used to express a polite or respectful greeting or farewell.
Origin of namaskarUltimately ( via Hindi, Punjabi, and other South Asian languages) from Sanskrit namaskārah act of saying namah in homage namah, namas- homage, obeisance ; see nem- in Indo-European roots. kāra- doing, making ( from karoti he makes ; see kwer- in Indo-European roots.)