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Definition of greeting noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    greeting

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɡriːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡriːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] something that you say or do to greet somebody She waved a friendly greeting. They exchanged greetings and sat down to lunch. He raised his hand in greeting.
  2. 2greetings [plural] a message of good wishes for somebody’s health, happiness, etc. Christmas/birthday, etc. greetings My mother sends her greetings to you all.
  3. Extra examples He held out his hand in greeting. He jumped to his feet and called out a greeting. He offered me a warm greeting and invited me in. I said ‘Good morning!’, but she didn’t return the greeting. Millions of greetings/​greeting cards are sent at Christmas. The delegates shook hands and exchanged greetings. The traditional Muslim greeting is ‘Salaam’. They said nothing, but nodded a polite greeting. We extend our greetings to you and thank you for listening to us.Idioms used at Christmas to wish somebody an enjoyable holiday
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