Salve in Portuguese

example with salve in portuguese: Salve, Jonathan!

Hello guys! Today we are going to teach you all about a new expression! But first, do you what the meaning of salve in Portuguese is?

Origins of Salve in Portuguese

The word salve in Portuguese has an interesting history. It’s derived from the Latin word salvus, which means safe or healthy. In ancient times, the Romans used the greeting salve as a way to wish someone well or to greet them with the hope that they were safe and in good health.

Various Romance languages, including Portuguese, evolved and adopted this Latin word over time. In Portuguese, it retains its original meaning of well-wishing or greeting. People often use it as a way to say hello, express recognition, or show respect, especially in informal or colloquial contexts. For example, you might hear it used among friends to greet each other, acknowledge someone’s presence, or simply say hi.

Salve is also commonly used in Brazilian Portuguese, where it has taken on additional cultural and social meanings. In some contexts, it’s used to refer to a shout-out, tribute, or acknowledgment, often in relation to urban culture, music, or subcultures. Salve is also used in an expression called Salve Jorge. This expression was used to greet a catholic saint called Saint George.

Examples for Salve in Portuguese

The expression salve is used as a synonym to greetings such as olá and oi in Portuguese:

What does Salve mean in Portuguese. Pablo: Salve, turma!

Pablo: Salve, turma! Tudo bem com vocês?
Class: Salve, professor!

Pablo: Hi, class! Is everything ok with you?
Class: Hi, teacher!

What does Salve mean in Portuguese. Albert: Salve, Neil!

Neil: Salve, Albert!
Albert: Salve, Neil!

Neil: Hey, Albert!
Albert: Hello, Neil!

Review Salve in Portuguese

Come with us and review the meaning and usage of salve in Portuguese with our teachers!

Exercises for the Word Salve

Now, let’s put into practice what we have learned! Read the phrases below and choose which ones use the word salve correctly in Portuguese!

Salve, Alex! Como você está?
Ele me disse para salve o meu dia.
Salve aqui em casa!
Dê um salve para o João quando você o vir.
Queria mandar um salve para meus pais, que sempre me apoiaram.
Gosto de salve quando almoço.
Salve, amigo! Como você está?
Dê um salve para sua mãe quando chegar!

And that’s it for today everyone! Now you know everything there is to know about the word salve in Portuguese! Don’t forget to follow us Facebook and Instagram.

See you on our next Portuguese lesson.
A big hug from Rio de Janeiro.

Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
How Brazilians Greet
Greetings in Portuguese
Informal Greetings in Portuguese



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    1. Hi Rob! Actually, no! Your name is an English variation of the Portuguese surname Gonçalves, meaning ‘son of Gonzalo’!

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