Definition of salute:
a formal gesture
done in honor of someone or something, usually with the hand or hands in one of various particular positions; any action done for the purpose of honor
"the soldiers greeted the dignitaries with a crisp salute."
to make a gesture in honor of someone or something; to act in thanks, honor
, or tribute
; to thank or extend gratitude
"they saluted the flag as it passed in the parade."