- a discharge of a number of pieces of artillery or small arms, in regular succession or at the same time, either as a salute or, esp. in naval battles, as a broadside
- the release of a load of bombs or the launching of several rockets at the same time
- a burst of cheers or applause
Origin of salvoItalian salva ; from Classical Latin salve, hail, imperative of salvere, to be safe ; from salvus, safe
Origin of salvo; from Medieval Latin legal phrase salvo jure, right being reserved (; from Classical Latin salvus: see safe)
nounpl. sal·vos or sal·voes
- a. A simultaneous discharge of firearms.b. The simultaneous release of a rack of bombs from an aircraft.c. The projectiles or bombs thus released.
- Something resembling a release or discharge of bombs or firearms, as:a. A sudden outburst, as of cheers or praise.b. A forceful verbal or written assault.
Origin of salvoItalian salva, from French salve, from Latin salv&emacron;, hail, imperative of salv&emacron;re, to be in good health, from salvus, safe; see sol- in Indo-European roots.
- A mental provision or reservation.
- An expedient for protecting one's reputation or for soothing one's conscience.
Origin of salvoLatin salv&omacron; (as in Medieval Latin salv&omacron; i&umacron;re, saving the right), ablative of salvus, safe; see safe.
From Latin salvo, ablative of salvus, the past participle of salvÄre (“to save, to reserve"), either from salvo jure literally 'the right being reserved', or from salvo errore et omissone 'reserving error and omission'.
A 1719 alteration of salva (1591) "simultaneous discharge of guns," from Latin salva (“salute, volley") (compare salve, also from Italian), from Latin salve (“hail"), imperative of salvere: "be in good health!," the usual Roman greeting, regarded as imperative of salvere "to be in good health,"