1. a salutation meaning “peace,” used especially in Islamic countries.
  2. a very low bow or obeisance, especially with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead.

verb (used with or without object)

  1. to salute with a salaam.


  1. a Muslim form of salutation consisting of a deep bow with the right palm on the forehead
  2. a salutation signifying peace, used chiefly by Muslims


  1. to make a salaam or salute (someone) with a salaam

Muslim greeting, 1610s, from Arabic salam (also in Urdu, Persian), literally “peace” (cf. Hebrew shalom); in full, (as)salam ‘alaikum “peace be upon you,” from base of salima “he was safe” (cf. Islam, Muslim).

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