In one of the episodes of Rick and Morty, The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Rick says "Greetings" to a crowd. It's not the first time I hear this expression, which seems to be used as a greeting.

What's the exact definition of this expression in this context? When or in which context can we use this term/expression? Is there a reason behind the usage of the plural of "greeting" in this context?

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"Greetings", although it has a plural form, means "a single message that says you hope someone is well, happy, etc". It can be addressed to one or more people: I send you my greetings; my father sends his greetings to you/your family/everybody at your house; greetings to you, my friends and colleagues. Compare condolences, congratulations, commiserations, regards, best wishes etc.


This answer is from an Australian perspective and applies to spoken use of the word. The other answers address the written form so I won't touch on that.

"Greetings" as a salutation might be used when addressing an individual or individuals in a formal settings, such as addressing a crowd, or a dignitary greeting people of another culture. Because most of us wouldn't find ourselves in situations where such a word is appropriate, it tends to be used ironically instead.

For example, when meeting friends out for dinner, you might say "Greetings" as a light-hearted way of introducing yourself. It's not uncommon to hear this, but I also wouldn't suggest adding this word to your daily vocabulary as it would probably come across as pretentious if you made a habit of greeting people this way.


Greetings is used when speaking to many people rather than one person - for example, when addressing a crowd. It is like saying "hello". Rick is offering his "greetings" to those in the crowd, collectively.

  • This is incorrect -- it's not unusual to say "greetings" as a salutation to one person, although it is slightly formal.
    – Andrew
    Commented Nov 25, 2018 at 18:39

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