Namaste (nah-mah-stay) is a Sanskrit word that means “I bow to you.” Namah or Namas translates to “bow,” while Te means “to you.” In Hindu belief systems, namaste is a respectful greeting or salutation and a sign of deferential respect and goodwill. The Sanskrit word Namaskar is used interchangeably with namaste though it is a more formal way to show reverence.