• WordNet 3.6
    • v salute express commendation of "I salute your courage!"
    • v salute greet in a friendly way "I meet this men every day on my way to work and he salutes me"
    • v salute recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
    • v salute honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
    • v salute propose a toast to "Let us toast the birthday girl!","Let's drink to the New Year"
    • v salute become noticeable "a terrible stench saluted our nostrils"
    • n salute an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat
    • n salute a formal military gesture of respect
    • n salute an act of honor or courteous recognition "a musical salute to the composer on his birthday"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"I salute you in the name of Jonesville and America." "I salute you in the name of Jonesville and America."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
    • Salute A sign, token, or ceremony, expressing good will, compliment, or respect, as a kiss, a bow, etc.
    • Salute (Mil. & Naval) A token of respect or honor for some distinguished or official personage, for a foreign vessel or flag, or for some festival or event, as by presenting arms, by a discharge of cannon, volleys of small arms, dipping the colors or the topsails, etc.
    • Salute Hence, to give a sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc. "You have the prettiest tip of a finger . . . I must take the freedom to salute it."
    • Salute The act of saluting, or expressing kind wishes or respect; salutation; greeting.
    • Salute To address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail. "I salute you with this kingly title."
    • Salute (Mil. & Naval) To honor, as some day, person, or nation, by a discharge of cannon or small arms, by dipping colors, by cheers, etc.
    • Salute To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify. "If this salute my blood a jot."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The military salute originated during the medieval times. Knights in armor used to raise their visors to reveal their identity, and the motion later evolved into the modern-day salute.
    • salute To wish health to; greet with expressions of respect, good will, affection, etc.
    • salute To greet with a kiss, a bow, a courtesy, the uncovering of the head, a clasp or a wave of the hand, or the like; especially, in older writers, to kiss.
    • salute To hail or greet with welcome, honor, homage, etc.; welcome; hail.
    • salute To honor formally or with ceremonious recognition, as by the firing of cannon, presenting arms, dipping the colors, etc.: as, to salute a general or an admiral; to salute the flag.
    • salute To touch; affect; influence; excite.
    • salute To perform a salutation; exchange greetings.
    • salute To perform a military salute.
    • n salute An act of expressing kind wishes or respect; a salutation; a greeting.
    • n salute A kiss.
    • n salute In the army and navy, a compliment paid when a distinguished personage presents himself, when troops or squadrons meet, when officers are buried, or to celebrate an event or show respect to a flag, and on many other ceremonial occasions. There are many modes of performing a salute, such as firing cannon or small-arms, dipping colors, presenting arms, manning the yards, cheering, etc. The salute representing the exchange of courtesies between a man-of-war, when entering a harbor for the first time within a year, and the authorities on shore, consists in firing a certain number of guns, depending upon the rank of the officers saluted.
    • n salute The position of the sword, rifle, hand, etc., in saluting; the attitude of a person saluting: as, to stand at the salute while the general is passing; specifically, in fencing, a formal greeting of swordsmen when about to engage.
    • n salute Synonyms Greeting, etc. See salutation.
    • n salute A gold coin current in the French dominions of Henry V. and Henry VI. of England, weighing about 54 grains.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The salute of uniform bodies (eg. army, police) originated from knights who lifted their visors to show their face to a royalty.
    • v.t Salute sal-ūt′ to address with kind wishes: to greet with a kiss, a bow, &c.: to honour formally by a discharge of cannon, striking colours, &c
    • n Salute act of saluting: the position of the hand, sword, &c. in saluting: greeting: a kiss: a complimentary discharge of cannon, dipping colours, presenting arms, &c., in honour of any one
    • n Salute a sacristy in the early church in which the clergy received the greetings of the people: an oration in Latin delivered by the student who ranks second
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  • Gladiator's Salute
    Gladiator's Salute
    “Hail Caesar, those who are about to die salute you.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Seasons pursuing each other the indescribable crowd is gathered, it is the fourth of Seventh-month, (what salutes of cannon and small arms!)”
  • Prutz
    “If you cannot renounce the world the genius of happiness will never salute you.”
  • George Santayana
    “Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.”


Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes - This idiom is used to suggest trying out an idea to see if people accept it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. salutare, salutatum, from salus, -utis, health, safety. See Salubrious


In literature:

The thick-set senior officer came to smart attention, saluted crisply, turned, and left the office.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
A cry from below caused Roger, as he returned the salute, to look round.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
Always look at the officer you are saluting.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
When Loring and Mason had left the room, they advanced to the desk, came to attention, and saluted.
"Danger in Deep Space" by Carey Rockwell
He saluted as the two officers came up.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty
The ladies returned their salutations, supposing them to be merchants.
"The Arabian Nights Entertainments" by Anonymous
She motioned me to make salutation.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
And no sooner had Owain saluted the yellow man, than he was saluted by him in return.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 1 (of 3)"
And as the knight passed through it, all the people arose, and saluted him, and bade him welcome.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 2 (of 3)"
But he drew himself up to salute the two captains.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

In poetry:

Once more, my soul, the rising day
Salutes thy waking eyes;
Once more, my voice, thy tribute pay
To him that rules the skies.
"Hymn 6" by Isaac Watts
And you the soldiers of our wars,
Bronzed veterans, grim with noble scars,
Salute him once again,
Your late Commander--slain!
"The Funeral Car Of Lincoln" by Richard Henry Stoddard
And you, the soldiers of our wars,
Bronzed veterans, grim with noble scars,
Salute him once again,
Your late Commander--slain!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Queens' ships, Queens' ships…
Great ships, small ships,
From the wide seas beckoned,
Gather to salute
Elizabeth the Second…
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
Their lifted eyes salute the skies,
Their bending knees the ground;
But God abhors the sacrifice,
Where not the heart is found.
"Hymn 136" by Isaac Watts
Turn hearts to us as we go by,
Salute those about to die,
Plead for them, the deep bell toll:
Their sacrifice must soon be whole.
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols

In news:

She had no idea Harknett would be saluted in more than 1,000 newspapers.
LSC- Kingwood will host annual salute to veterans event.
I can't think of a better guy to salute during Labor Day week than George Holtz.
Minnesota Sea Grant is holding its second-annual Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries at the University of Minnesota McNamra Alumni Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
After all the Notre Dame seniors had been saluted on the field before their final home game on Saturday, they made a U-turn back to the team tunnel.
Hawaii's Memorial Day salute: 50,000 fresh lei for veterans gravesites, Punchbowl Crater ceremonies.
The Flag Salute was led by Cristine Crites.
The newest members of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, John Michael Montgomery and Keith Whitley are saluted in a free concert at the Kentucky State Fair tonight.
Botelho, Danner, Stone saluted for service.
A salute to the Fruits de Mer label (win a white vinyl test pressing.).
We salute you, Shawn Goldsmith.
Riders in the Sky – Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry (Rounder).
VM and Review of Optometric Business Salute ODs .
L.A.'s newest bar scene salutes the olive—and no, it's not in a martini.
Thomas men's basketball salutes KARE 11.

In science:

Lov´asz, editors, More sets, graphs and numbers: A Salute to Vera S`os and Andr´as Hajnal, volume 15 of Bolyai Society Mathematical Studies, pages 199–262.
Local resilience and Hamiltonicity Maker-Breaker games in random-regular graphs
Before looking at the new experimental results on CP violation in the neutral B system, one must salute the members of the accelerator physics community that designed and built the asymmetric electron-positron colliding beam machines, the B-factories, that allow these experiments to be done at all.
Workshop Summary
On behalf of the participants in HQ98, it is my pleasure to salute our colleagues for this fine achievement, and to wish them continued success in commissioning our newest accelerator.
Perspectives on Heavy Quark 98