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[nuhm-uh-stey] /ˈnʌm əˌsteɪ/

a conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, used by the speaker usually while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom.
a salutation used in India
noun, interjection

Sanskrit ‘homage; bowing to you’
Word Origin

namaste v

“salutatory gesture,” 1948, from Hindi, from Sanskrit namas “bowing” + te, dative of tuam “you” (singular). Used as a word of greeting from 1967.


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