an act of raising your right hand to your head as a sign of respect, usually done by a soldier to an officer:
As they left, the Corporal gave them a respectful salute.
The officer raised his hand in salute.
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something that expresses praise to someone for something they have achieved, or that expresses honour or respect to someone or something
Everyone at the table raised their glasses in salute.
His first words were a salute to the people of South Africa.
an occasion when guns are fired into the air in order to show respect for someone important:
a 21-gun salute