Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. A respectful ceremonial greeting performed mostly in Islamic countries.
  • n. A low bow as a ceremonial act of deference.
  • v. To perform a salaam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as salam.
  • intransitive v. To make or perform a salam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ceremonious salutation of the Orientals.
  • To perform the salaam; salute with a salaam; greet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. greet with a salaam
  • n. a deep bow; a Muslim form of salutation

Etymologies

Arabic salām, peace, salaam, from salima, to be safe; see šlm in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic سلام (peace) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The “Racist” Charge

  • To all currently involved with the PRT initiative in Afghanistan. .good luck-be safe and "salaam" - RH

    WN.com - Articles related to Taliban Attack on U.S. Aid Group Kills 5

  • 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").

    Scott Atran: Talking to Terrorists

  • They respond politely in kind when you say "salaam" and place your hand over your heart, in the warm greeting meaning "peace."'

    I am in Kabul, Afghanistan, Report I

  • They respond politely in kind when you say "salaam" and place your hand over your heart, in the warm greeting meaning "peace."

    I am in Kabul, Afghanistan, Report I

  • One of the Cairo cafe questions debated in the days leading up to the speech was: Would Obama say "salaam" to the Arabic-speaking world?

    Lorelei Kelly: Our President in Cairo: Muslims Listened. Did America?

  • For instance, there is a little-noticed phrase, that grows very delightful as we study it, in his words to the seventy disciples -- "Into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace to this house (the common" salaam "of the East); and if a son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it; if not, your" salaam "will come back to _you_" (Luke 10: 6).

    The Jesus of History

  • Exchanged cheers with the squadron, made an evolution in the harbor, by way of "salaam," and then stood out, with studding-sails set, homeward bound!

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas

  • After an interval it is commanded to pay its obeisances or in other words, to "salaam," which it does by going right under water.

    Indian Conjuring

  • A low-visaged foreign-born porter, whose business it is to show a surly front to all unwelcome visitors, opens and gives a kind of salaam to his master; while the porter's huge dog jumps up barking and pawing joyously.

    A Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life

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  • How about an especially deferent salami?

    December 5, 2008

  • This word should not under any circumstances be confused with salami.

    December 5, 2008

  • I never knew this could refer to a bow, especially not one of shame.

    November 13, 2008

  • Citation as verb at sedge.

    November 13, 2008

  • peace in arabic

    April 26, 2008