Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used as a traditional Jewish greeting or farewell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. A traditional Jewish greeting or farewell.
  • interj. peace.

Etymologies

Hebrew šālôm, peace; see šlm in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew שלום (shalóm, "peace, well-being; Hello, good-bye"), from Proto-Semitic *šalām- (“peace”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For example, the Hebrew word shalom, which is a powerful mantra meaning peace, ends in the primal sound om, which can be accented and elongated to increase its vibratory effects.

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  • In fact, one of my favorite words that we hear over and over in the Bible is the Hebrew word shalom, which among other things implies peace, happiness, well-being, wholeness, completeness, and welfare—most of what we mean when we say we want to be “happy.”

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  • In Hebrew there is a word "shalom," and it often translated as "peace."

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  • And the holy place in Jerusalem has always been an attempt to return imaginatively through ritual to that sense of what in Hebrew is called shalom, which is often translated peace, but really means a sense of wholeness and completeness.

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  • June 21st, 2006 at 4: 26 pm the lenerd nemoy thing bout how his vulcan saltue came from the letter shin from shalom is wrong. it came from the holiest prayer that the high priest would say and the shape of his hands were so holy that were not allowed to look at his hands, spock doing that was very bad!

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  • The Talmud says, "Talmidei hukhamim shemarbin shalom baolam" (It is the wise men who will bring about peace).

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  • Shlomekh is from the same root as the word shalom, so it's kind of like asking, "How is your peace?"

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  • Considering how the TV in my neck of the woods has been flooded for the past few months with tourism ads for Israel, stressing the word shalom, I find the irony striking.

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  • And our children-turned-soldiers will hopefully one day patrol a joint border that will see both countries flourish in 'shalom' - peace.,

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  • The second great cluster is shalom, which is understood as peace, but it means so much more than merely peace.

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  • peace in hebrew!!

    April 26, 2008

  • Shalom (שָ�?לוֹ�?) is a Hebrew and Jewish word meaning peace, Nothing missing, Nothing broken, wellbeing, and complete, and used to mean hello, and goodbye. As it does in English, it can refer to either peace between two entities (especially between man and God or between two countries), or to the well-being, welfare or safety of an individual or a group of individuals. It is also used as a greeting to either say hello or farewell, and is found in many other expressions and names.
    _Wikipedia

    February 17, 2008