Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "hi!" in Russian

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Meaning: hi!, hello!, regards, greetings

Pronunciation: [pree-VYEHT]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun; also a greeting phrase)

Rank: #2061

 Example sentences:
  • Привет!
  • Hi! (informal greeting)
  • Приве́т, как дела́?
  • Hi, how are things?
  • Передава́й приве́т сестре́.
  • Send [my] regards to [your] sister. (informal)
  • Приве́т из Нью-Йо́рка!
  • Greetings from New-York!
  • Все́м приве́т!
  • Hello everybody! (informal)
  • Мо́жно переда́ть приве́т своему́ люби́мому му́жу и заказа́ть пе́сню "Миллио́н а́лых роз"?
  • May I send my regards to my beloved husband and request [to play] the song 'One million scarlet roses'? (on the radio)
  • Она, что, с приве́том?
  • Is she cuckoo or what?
  • Они́ передава́ли вам все́м приве́ты.
  • They were sending their regards to all of you.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • С приветом, [name] = Kind regards, [name] (informal, used in correspondence)
      literal  With hello
  • с приветом = cuckoo, insane
      literal  with hello
  • передавать привет (+ dative) = to send one's regards (to)
  • ни ответа ни привета от него = not a word from him
      literal  neither answer nor hello from him
  • горячий привет = warmest regards
      literal  hot regards
 Related words:
  • приве́тик = hola
  • приве́тствие = greeting, salutation
  • здоро́во = hi! (familiar)
  • салю́т = salute! (familiar)
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Где слова привета, там улыбка для ответа.
  • Loving word may heal and bless.
  •  literal  Where there are words of a greeting, there is a smile for a reply.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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