Definition of namaskar in English:



  • A traditional Indian greeting or gesture of respect, made by bringing the palms together before the face or chest and bowing.

    [as exclamation] ‘‘Namaskar Laxmanji!’’
    • ‘The mahout bowed to the Goddess, hands arched in the gesture of namaskar, then began circling the shrine followed by the cymbal-clashers and the trumpet blowers.’
    • ‘When a person says and does namaskar he is saying ‘I salute the divine qualities in you’.’
    • ‘And as we parted, with a goodbye, a clasp of hands, a namaskar - I felt we had made a connection.’
    • ‘Tamils use the typical Hindu namaskar, the joining of the palms of the hands in front of the body, to say hello as well as good-bye.’
    • ‘Returning the namaskar Vishakhsen said, ‘Oho how fortunate that on this difficult path I could meet my dear friend.’’


Via Hindi from Sanskrit namaskāra, from namas bowing + kāra action.