- the act or an instance of welcoming or saluting on meeting
- (often plural) an expression of friendly salutation
- (as modifier): a greetings card
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- an act or words of welcoming: [uncountable]lifted her hand in greeting.[countable]We didn't get a very friendly greeting.
- greetings, [plural] an expression of friendly or respectful regard:sending our greetings.
- the act or words of a person who greets.
- a friendly message from someone who is absent:a greeting from a friend in another country.
- greetings, an expression of friendly or respectful regard:Send my greetings to your family.
- Middle English, Old English gretinge. See greet1, -ing1 bef. 900
- to speak or act in some form of welcome:greeted us at the door.
- to meet or receive:greeted my suggestion with applause.
- to make itself noticed to:Music greeted our ears.
- to address with some form of salutation;
- to meet or receive:to be greeted by cheering crowds; to greet a proposal with boos and hisses.
- to manifest itself to:Music greeted his ear as he entered the salon.
- [Obs.]to give salutations on meeting.
- bef. 900; Middle English greten, Old English grētan; cognate with German grüssen
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hail, accost.
greet2 (grēt),USA pronunciation [Scot. and North Eng. Archaic.]
- Scottish Termsto grieve;
- Scottish Termsto lament;
- bef. 900; Middle English grete, Old English grǣtan; cognate with Old Norse grāta, Gothic gretan
- to meet or receive with expressions of gladness or welcome
- to send a message of friendship to
- to receive in a specified manner: her remarks were greeted by silence
- to become apparent to: the smell of bread greeted him
- (intransitive) to weep; lament
- weeping; lamentation