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English definition of “greeting”

greeting

noun     /ˈɡriː.tɪŋ/ US  /-t̬ɪŋ/
B1 [C or U] something friendly or polite that you say or do when you meet or welcome someone: They briskly exchanged greetings before starting the session. He nodded his head in greeting.Welcoming, greeting and greetings greetings [plural] a message that says you hope someone is well, happy, etc.: birthday/Christmas greetingsformal My father sends his greetings.formal Greetings to you, my friends and colleagues.Welcoming, greeting and greetingsWritten greetingsLetters, notes and cards Grammar:Greetings and farewells: hello, goodbye, Happy New YearSee moreGrammar:Saying helloWhen we see someone we know, we usually exchange greetings:See moreGrammar:Saying goodbyeWhen we leave people, we usually say something as we leave:See more
(Definition of greeting noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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