From Sanskrit नमस्ते (namaste), from नमस् (námas, “bow, obeisance, reverential salutation”), and ते (te, “to you”), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *namas- (“to bow, prostrate”). Compare Persian نماز (namâz).
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- literally, "I humbly bow to you"; also used as a greeting or acknowledgement of the equality of all, and pays honor to the sacredness of all
namaste (plural namastes)
- the traditional greeting when saying the word namaste with folded hands and a slight bow
- in yoga, the pose associated with this word, usually with the flat hands held palms together, fingers up, in front of the heart and a slight bow
- ^ Namaste, Oxford English Dictionary, Draft Revision June 2003.