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.
Hello! what's this in my soup?
Origin of hello
- Alteration of hallo alteration of obsolete holla stop! perhaps from Old French hola ho ho! la there (from Latin illāc that way)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition