|Origin:||salutare, from salus 'health, safety, greeting'|
1 [intransitive and transitive]PM
to move your right hand to your head, especially in order to show respect to an officer in the army, navy etc:
The two soldiers saluted Lieutenant Cecil.
The men jumped to their feet and saluted.
2 [transitive] formal
to praise someone for the things they have achieved, especially publicly
salute somebody as something
James Joyce was saluted as the greatest writer of the 20th century.
3 [transitive] old-fashioned
to greet someone in a polite way, especially by moving your hand or body