peace: used as a greeting by Muslims: in full salaam alei·kum′ , peace be with you
Origin of salaamshortened ; from Arabic sal?m uncertain or unknown; perhaps alaykum, peace (be) to you ; from sal?m, peace, health, akin to Classical Hebrew (language) shalom, peace
- this greeting
- in the Near East, India, etc., a greeting or ceremonial compliment, made by bowing low with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead
- any obeisance or respectful greeting
to greet with a salaam
to make a salaam
- A ceremonious act of deference or obeisance, especially a low bow performed while placing the right palm on the forehead.
- A greeting in various Muslim cultures.
Used as a greeting in various Muslim cultures.
tr. & intr.v.sa·laamed, sa·laam·ing, sa·laams
To greet with or perform a salaam.
Origin of salaamArabic salam, peace, salaam, from salima, to be safe; see šlm in Semitic roots.
(third-person singular simple present salaams, present participle salaaming, simple past and past participle salaamed)
- To perform a salaam.