From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishHello!Hello! trademarka Britishmagazine with pictures and articles about famous people, such as filmactors, fashionmodels, and members of the aristocracy. It typically describes how happy these people are and shows what beautiful houses they live in.hellohel‧lo (also hallo, hullo British English) /həˈləʊ, he- $ -ˈloʊ/ ●●●S1 interjection, noun [countable]1HELLOused as a greeting when you see or meet someoneHello, John! How are you?Stanley, come and say hello to your nephew.Well, hello there! I haven’t seen you for ages.RegisterIn everyday English, in informal situations, people often say hi rather than hello:“Hi, Karen.” “Hi, Richard. How are things with you?”2HELLOused when answering the telephone or starting a telephone conversationHello – may I speak to Anne?3HELLOATTENTIONused when calling to get someone’s attentionHello! Is there anybody home?4used when you think someone is not acting sensibly or has said something stupidYou didn’t remember her birthday? Hello!5British EnglishSURPRISED used to show that you are surprised or confused by somethingHello! What’s happened here?6 →say helloTHESAURUShello used when you meet someone, or when you start a telephone conversation. In everyday English, most people usually say hi because it sounds more friendly. You use hello especially when talking to people you do not know well, or to older peopleHello. Could I speak to someone in customer service, please?Hello, Mrs Jones. How are you?hi used as a friendly greeting when you meet someone start a telephone conversation, or at the beginning of an emailHi, Gwen – did you have a nice weekend?Hi everybody.hey especially American English informal used as a friendly greeting when you see someone you know well and you want to start talking to themHey, Scott! What’s up, buddy?hiya informal used as a very informal greeting when speaking to someone you know wellHiya, Jake. How’s it going?good morning/good afternoon/good evening used when meeting someone at a particular time of day. In everyday English, people usually just say Morning!, Afternoon! etcGood morning, class!Morning everyone. Sorry I’m late.Good afternoon, Mr Smith.how are you? (also how are you doing?/how’s it going? informal) used when you are greeting someone and starting a conversationHow’s it going Tom? I haven’t seen you for ages.Hi Helen. How are you doing? Is the new job going well?how do you do? formal used when you meet someone for the first time, especially after you have just been told their name. How do you do sounds very formal. These days in everyday English, people often say hi when meeting someone for the first time‘John, I’d like you to meet our new project manager, Nisha Patel.’ ‘How do you do?’ pleased/good/nice to meet you used when you meet someone for the first time and have just been told their name‘Richard, this is my brother Ronnie.’ ‘Nice to meet you, Ronnie.’‘My name is Lena Curtis.’ ‘Pleased to meet you, I’m David Bennet.’Mrs Parrish, it’s good to meet you after hearing Lynn talk so much about you.
Examples from the Corpus
hello• You really thought she would just give you the money? Hello?• Hello! How are you doing?• Hello! Is anybody home?• Hello, may I speak to Terry, please?hello there• Well, hello there Mr. Walker.