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Definition of "salaam" []

  • A ceremonious act of deference or obeisance, especially a low bow performed while placing the right palm on the forehead. (noun)
  • A respectful ceremonial greeting performed especially in Islamic countries. (noun)
  • To greet with or perform a salaam. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "salaam" in a sentence
  • "The person on the street who mistakes me for a Muslim and gives me a friendly salaam is “just as racist” as the person who mistakes me for a Muslim and calls me a terrorist, because both regarded race in some way, right?"
  • "To all currently involved with the PRT initiative in Afghanistan. .good luck-be safe and "salaam" - RH"
  • "For example, in recent interactions with Ramadan Shallah, leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (duly reported to US authorities because he is on the FBI's "most wanted" list, see interview here) we found adamant refusal to ever recognize Israel or move towards a two-state solution, whereas Hamas politburo chairman Khaled Meshaal said that his movement could imagine a two-state peace ( "salaam," and not just the usual armistice or "hudna")."