Meaning of “greeting” in the English Dictionary

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"greeting" in British English

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uk /ˈɡriː.tɪŋ/ us /ˈɡriː.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.
greetings [ plural ]

a message that says you hope someone is well, happy, etc.:

formal My father sends his greetings.
formal Greetings to you, my friends and colleagues.

More examples

  • He extended his hand as a greeting .
  • The computer allows you to personalize standard letters by adding a greeting to each one.
  • She didn't acknowledge my greeting.
  • We exchanged greetings before the meeting.
  • Greetings were duly exchanged.

(Definition of “greeting” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"greeting" in American English

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greetingnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡri·t̬ɪŋ/

a welcome to someone, or good wishes for a special occasion:

Jennifer sends birthday greetings (= good wishes for your birthday).

(Definition of “greeting” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)