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An Latin greeting used in Ancient Rome meaning "Hello".

It is pronounced "sal-vay"

Marcus Julius Romulus: "Salve, Citizen."
by Jankri June 03, 2008
1. Salve can be construed as any form of lotion, jelly or cream used as a soothing agent for treating rashes, burns, wounds, or other dermatological inflammations (hemorrhoids, etc).

2. Misspelling of "slave."
In the Ren & Stimpy episode "To Salve or Not to Salve," a salesman tries to sell Stimpy a jar of salve on the grounds that it helps with dirty dishes and unmanageable hair, among other things (such as acting as a substitute for toilet paper).

Use of salve as a kitchen cleanser, hair sculpting solution, or substitute for toilet paper is not recommended and is a blatant misuse of the product.
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by dave321 July 26, 2007
1. Ointment used to help heal wounds or reduce how painful they are. By extension, anything used to soothe or aid in healing hurt feelings, social unrest, etc.

2. 'Salve' is the imperative (command) form of the Latin verb 'salveo' (infinitive: 'salvere').

'Salvere' means "to be well / healthy," so 'salve' literally means "Be well."

It was commonly used as a greeting and as a way of saying "goodbye" in the ancient Roman Empire. Later, in Latin-using parts of the Christian Church (continuing to the present in the Catholic Church), it has been used in exalting important figures, as in "Salve Regina" (Hail, Queen) addressed to Jesus's mother, Mary.

In ancient Latin, as used in the Roman Empire, it was pronounced "sahl-way." In "Church Latin" and sung Latin, derived from medieval Latin, it is pronounced "sahl-vay."
1. The Marshall Plan served as a powerful salve to European economies damaged in the second World War.

2. Salve puella annorum octoginta. Bene sit tibi cum tuo calvitio. (Greetings, eighty-year-old girl. May you be well with your little, bald head.)

-- Sample sentence illustrating the use of 'salve' from Erasmus, *Colloquies.*
by Haggis Gargler November 06, 2015
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