a gesture of respect or polite recognition, especially one made to or by a person when arriving or departing:he raises his arms in a triumphant salute
a prescribed movement, typically a raising of a hand to the head, made by a member of a military or similar force as a formal sign of respect or recognition:he stood to attention but did not return the salutehe acknowledged the salute of the policeman on dutythe public were taunted with Nazi salutes
[often with modifier] the discharge of a gun or guns as a formal or ceremonial sign of respect or celebration:a twenty-one-gun salute
Fencing the formal performance of certain guards or other movements by fencers before engaging.
make a formal salute to:don’t you usually salute a superior officer? [no object]:he clicked his heels and saluted
greet:he saluted her with a smile
show or express admiration and respect for:we salute a truly great photographer
salute the judge
Australian informal (of a horse) win a race.
take the salute
(of a senior officer in the armed forces or other person of importance) acknowledge formally a salute given by a body of troops marching past:the salute was taken by the Mayor