Definition of namaste in US English:



  • A respectful greeting said when giving a namaskar.

    • ‘The standard greeting in Fiji Hindi is ‘namaste’.’
    • ‘The customary greeting is to press one's palms together in front of the chest and say ‘namaste’.’
    • ‘The waiter gives the usual response, ‘Namaste, namaste,’ his hands joined in silent prayer, his head bowed in traditional deference.’


  • another term for namaskar
    • ‘He stands listening quietly to another music of his own world, shyly doing a namaste or shaking hands and looking embarrassed if called upon to respond.’
    • ‘Or the leader you have been watching all the while on the idiot box, with his trademark election smile and hands joined in a namaste.’
    • ‘The old stationmaster greeted her with a namaste and offered her a cup of tea.’
    • ‘In India or Thailand, the preferred greeting is not the handshake, but the namaste - hands with palms together under chin area (as if in prayer) with a slight bow of the head.’
    • ‘Her hands still folded in a namaste, Lakshmi, whose husband has been out of a job for the last five years, keeps gazing down the road even after Sonia's convoy is out of sight.’
    • ‘The namaste gesture bespeaks our inner valuing of the sacredness of all.’


Via Hindi from Sanskrit namas ‘bowing’ + te ‘to you’.