• Mrs. Gardiner greeted them
    Mrs. Gardiner greeted them
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n greeting (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

William greeting his father William greeting his father

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Iguanas can recognize their human handlers and greet them differently, compared with strangers
    • n Greeting Expression of kindness or joy; salutation at meeting; a compliment from one absent. "Write to him . . . gentle adieus and greetings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 93% of all greeting cards are purchased by women
    • n greeting Salutation at meeting or in opening communication by letter or message; formal address; a form used in accosting or addressing.
    • n greeting Weeping; crying.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bumping foreheads with a hands shake is the traditional greeting in Tibet.
    • n Greeting expression of kindness or joy: salutation
    • adj Greeting mournful
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  • Mishkat Al-massabaih
    Mishkat Al-massabaih
    “Whoever approaches Me walking, I will come to him running; and he who meets Me with sins equivalent to the whole world, I will greet him with forgiveness equal to it.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
    “Gratitude is a twofold love -- love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest.”
  • Jean Giraudoux
    Jean Giraudoux
    “There is an invisible garment woven around us from our earliest years; it is made of the way we eat, the way we walk, the way we greet people...”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Men greet each other with a sock on the arm, women with a hug, and the hug wears better in the long run.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “Call the bald man, Boy; make the sage thy toy; greet the youth with solemn face; praise the fat man for his grace.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grǽtan; Goth. gretan.


In literature:

And every gypsyism, whether of word or way, was greeted with delighted laughter.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
As the vehicle passed the fire Dr. Ross flung a genial greeting at the two Indians.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He greeted poor Julius rather snarlingly.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Betty came in and rolled out the table as she greeted her relative.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
On Dr. Woodman's entrance, Bivens rose to greet him with unusual animation and unmistakable good will.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Greetings passed between them, and then talk in a low voice.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
Her manner was cold, her glance aloof, as she greeted Serviss.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
By-and-by he discovered me, and strolling forward he gave me a pleasant word of greeting.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
Four of their aged men were deputed to go forward and greet the strangers.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Anna greets him joyously and Gertrud, her mother, heartily seconds the welcome.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley

In poetry:

O bless Him for the love that made
The parting greeting sore,
But for the bold heart that He gave
We bless our God yet more!
"The Irish Emigrant. 1883" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
"I thin he waits to welcome me
Unto God's glorious aisle, —
To greet me with those steadfast eyes
And that serenest smile."
"The Comrade" by Cicely Fox Smith
I dreamt I was in love again
With the One Before the Last,
And smiled to greet the pleasant pain
Of that innocent young past.
"The One Before The Last" by Rupert Brooke
Yet I with thankfulness once more
The old illusions greet,
And feel, with shock of pleased surprise,
The heart within me beat.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
He used to greet me with a smile,
His heart was light and glad;
I've seen him tremble at my voice,
I've made that heart so sad.
"Signing The Pledge" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Fear not for me—I've steeled my mind
Sorrow and strife to greet;
Joy with my love I leave behind,
Care with my friends I meet.
"Stanzas" by Anne Bronte

In news:

Protesters greet Walker on fair's opening day.
President Barack Obama greets the crowd as he arrives to speak at a campaign event at the Cincinnati Music Hall in Cincinnati, Monday, July 16, 2012.
John F Kennedy Jr greeted the press soon after his mother's death.
Unique greeting cards by Boulder-based AnangkaArts.
At a recent fundraiser for Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, I was greeted by these words as I sat down to afternoon tea.
Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger New Jersey Gov Jon S Corzine, left, greets Republican challenger Chris Christie as Independent candidate Chris Daggett , center, looks on before their first debate in Trenton.
Weekend greetings New evidence in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal reveals Joe Paterno may have encouraged school officials to cover up the incidents rather than report them.
Once a year, Datil Elementary School becomes the place for friends from far and wide to meet, greet and eat.
In various languages and cultures all over the world, we greet each other every morning with a simple but profound greeting.
Everyone loathes being forced to buy saccharine greeting cards and cheesy presents.
After the first, I did a little satirical rant, which was greeted online with bazookas.
Greetings, all: One factor that is crucial to application service provider (ASP) adoption is the availability of broadband access.
Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun, left, greets Colorado's Jon Embree and CSU-Pueblo's John Wristen, right, at a luncheon Wednesday in Colorado Springs.
Welcome John Eaves (right) is greeted by Rust College's Ishmell Edwards.
Mike Stobe/Getty Images Robinson Cano is greeted by Curtis Granderson following his fourth-inning grand slam in Yankees' 12-3 hammering of Orioles.

In science:

Typically, the dialogue planner can provide detailed semantics for utterances whose content is covered by the domain model (e.g., the car domain) whereas this is not possible for utterances which play an important role in the conversation but are not part of the domain model (e.g., greetings).
A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents
These dialogue acts may be primarily characterized in terms of their, possibly domain specific, dialogue act type (greeting, refusal, etc.).
A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents
The following is a template for dialogue acts of type greeting with no semantic content and a polite speaker.
A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents
It seems another trick has been squeezed out of nature similar to the amazement a century ago that greeted the Maxwell, Hertz, Marconi and Logie Baird discoveries of sending information, speech and pictures incredibly fast around the globe.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel
This process of porting, redesigning, optimizing, debugging, and analyzing, the application is generally prohibitively expensive, and certainly frustrating when the process is completed just in time to greet the next generation system.
Cluster Computing White Paper