- To address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail."I salute you with this kingly title." [Shak.]
- 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." [Addison.]
- [Mil. & Naval] To honor, as some day, person, or nation, by a discharge of cannon or small arms, by dipping colors, by cheers, etc.
- To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify.(Obs)"If this salutemy blood a jot." [Shak.]
Etymology: L. salutare salutatum, from salus -utis, health, safety. See Salubrious