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/ˈhaɪjə; ˌhaɪˈjɑː/
sentence substitute
an informal term of greeting


A salutation upon meeting: The staccato cry of ”Hi!,” which we judged to be the almost universal greeting

[first form 1862+, second 1940+; probably based on hi, ”hey,” exclamation used to call attention, found by 1475]

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