The definition of a salute is a specific movement or action designed to convey respect.noun
- An example of a salute is when you gesture with your hand at your superiors in the military to show respect.
- An example of salute is when guns are shot at a military funeral to show respect to the deceased.
To salute is to make a gesture of respect.verb
An example of salute is the movement you make when you use your hand to make a gesture of respect to a superior in the military.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to greet or welcome with friendly words or ceremonial gesture, such as bowing, tipping the hat, etc.
- to honor by performing a prescribed act or gesture, such as dipping the flag, firing cannon, or raising the right hand to the forehead, as a mark of military, naval, or official respect
- to present itself to, as if in greeting
- to acknowledge with praise; commend
Origin: ME saluten < L salutare, to salute, wish health to < salus (gen. salutis), health, greeting < salvus, safe
- the act of saluting; salutation
- a gesture or remark made in saluting
- the act of respect paid in saluting
- something, as an event or ceremony, expressing respect, admiration, compliment, etc.: the benefit was a salute to the museum
- Mil. the position of the body, or of the hand, rifle, etc., assumed in saluting
Origin: OFr salut < L salus
- saluter noun
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verb sa·lut·ed, sa·lut·ing, sa·lutes verb, transitive
- To greet or address with an expression of welcome, goodwill, or respect.
- To recognize (a superior) with a gesture prescribed by military regulations, as by raising the hand to the cap.
- a. To honor formally and ceremoniously.b. To express warm approval of; commend: salute an agency for its charity work.
- To become noticeable to: A stench saluted our nostrils.
- An act of greeting; a salutation.
- a. An act or gesture of welcome, honor, or courteous recognition: a musical salute to the composer's 90th birthday.b. The position of the hand or rifle or the bodily posture of a person saluting a military superior.
- A formal military display of honor or greeting, such as the firing of cannon.
Origin: Middle English saluten, from Latin salūtāre, from salūs, salūt-, health; see sol- in Indo-European roots.
- sa·lutˈer noun