Meaning of namaste in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnʌməsteɪ/


  • A respectful greeting said when giving a namaskar.

    ‘The waiter gives the usual response, ‘Namaste, namaste,’ his hands joined in silent prayer, his head bowed in traditional deference.’
    • ‘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’.’


another term for namaskar
‘The namaste gesture bespeaks our inner valuing of the sacredness of all.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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.’


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