1 first words you say when you meet sb
ADJ. formal, friendly, polite
VERB + GREETING call (out), nod, shout, smile, wave He jumped to his feet and called out a greeting. They said nothing, but nodded a polite greeting. | exchange The delegates shook hands and exchanged greetings. | acknowledge, respond to, return I said ‘Good morning!’, but she didn't return the greeting. | ignore
PREP. in ~ He held out his hand in greeting.
2 greetings: good wishes
ADJ. affectionate, personal, warm | birthday, Christmas, New Year, seasonal
VERB + GREETING bring, extend, send (sb) He brought Christmas greetings from the whole family. We extend our greetings to you and thank you for listening to us.
GREETING + NOUN card