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



    BrE BrE//səˈluːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈluːt//
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  1. 1[countable] the action of raising your right hand to the side of your head as a sign of respect, especially between soldiers and officers He returned the salute as he passed the line of guards.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a thing that you say or do to show your admiration or respect for somebody/something or to welcome somebody He raised his hat as a friendly salute. His first words were a salute to the people of South Africa. They all raised their glasses in salute. The occasion was organized as a salute to a century of change.
  3. 3[countable] an official occasion when guns are fired into the air to show respect for an important person a 21-gun salute
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin salutare ‘greet, pay one's respects to’, from salus, salut- ‘health, welfare, greeting’; the noun partly from Old French salut.Extra examples The Admiral snapped a sharp salute. The Queen took the salute as the guardsmen marched past. The guests raised their glasses in salute. The retiring editor received a special salute from the local newspaper. The sentry gave a smart salute and waved us on.Idioms when an officer or important person takes the salute, soldiers march past him or her saluting and the officer salutes back
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