Hello definition

hĕ-lō, hə-
A calling or greeting of “hello.”
noun
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To say or exclaim “hello” (to)
verb
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Used as a greeting or response, as in telephoning.
interjection
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Used to attract attention.
interjection
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Used to express astonishment or surprise.

Hello! what's this in my soup?

interjection
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To call “hello.”
verb
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Used to greet someone, answer the telephone, or express surprise.
interjection
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"Hello!" or an equivalent greeting.
noun
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An expression of puzzlement or discovery.

Hello! What’s going on here?

interjection
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(colloquial) Used sarcastically to imply that the person addressed or referred to has done something the speaker or writer considers to be foolish.

You just tried to start your car with your cell phone. Hello?

interjection
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An instance of saying or exclaiming “hello”
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Hello is defined as a greeting or a response when on the phone, used to bring attention or an expression of surprise.

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.

interjection
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A greeting used when answering the telephone.

Hello? How may I help you?

interjection
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A call for response if it is not clear if anyone is present or listening, or if a telephone conversation may have been disconnected.

Hello? Is anyone there?

interjection
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A greeting (salutation) said when meeting someone or acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence.

Hello, everyone.

interjection
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hello
Plural:
hellos

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

  • Hello (first attested in 1833), from holla, hollo (attested 1588). This variant of hallo is often credited to Thomas Edison as a coinage for telephone use, but its appearance in print predates the invention of the telephone by several decades.

    From Wiktionary

  • Possibly from the Old High German and Old Saxon verb halon, holon (“to bring something, to gather”), akin to English hale or hail.

    From Wiktionary