• "Hello!" or an equivalent greeting.



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  • Hello (first attested in 1826), from holla, hollo (attested 1588). This variant of hallo is often credited to Thomas Edison as a coinage for telephone use, but its appearance in print predates the invention of the telephone by several decades.
  • Ultimately from a variant of Old English ēalā, such as hēlā, which was used colloquially at the time similarly to how hey and hi are used nowadays. Thus, equivalent to a compound of hey and lo. Used when drawing attention to yourself.
  • Possibly influenced by , imperative of halōn, used in hailing a ferryman, akin to , hola, imperative forms of halōn, holōn. More at hallo.

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