From Saint Luke's Gospel is the greeting of the Angel Gabriel to Mary, originally written in Koine Greek. The opening word of greeting, χαῖρε, often translated "Hail," literally has the meaning "rejoice" or "be glad." This was the normal greeting in the language in which Saint Luke's Gospel is written and continues to be used in the same sense in Modern Greek. Accordingly, both "Hail" and "Rejoice" are valid English translations of the word ("Hail" reflecting the Latin translation, and "Rejoice" reflecting the original Greek).
Original Word: χαίρω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (khah'-ee-ro)
Short Definition: I rejoice, am glad
Definition: I rejoice, am glad; also a salutation: Hail.