What does Hail to the Chief mean?

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishHail to the ChiefˌHail to the ˈChief a tune that is played when the US president arrives to visit a place or attend a ceremony. People are expected to stand while it is being played to show respect to the president.

What’s the meaning of Hail to the Chief?

/ˌheɪl tə ðə ˈtʃiːf/ /ˌheɪl tə ðə ˈtʃiːf/ ​the official song for welcoming the US President. It is a march played by a band when he enters a room or an outdoor area for an official event.

Where did Hail to the Chief come from?

“Hail to the Chief” was first associated with a chief executive on Feb. 22, 1815, when it was played (under the title “Wreaths for the Chieftain”) to honor George Washington, who died in 1799, and the end of the War of 1812. It was used sporadically to honor presidents throughout the next few decades.

Which President used Hail to the Chief?

Andrew Jackson was the first living president to be personally honored by “Hail to the Chief,” on January 9, 1829. The tune was among a number of pieces played for Martin Van Buren’s inauguration ceremony on March 4, 1837, and for social occasions during his administration.

When did Hail to the Chief became official?


In 1954, the Department of Defense created an official policy that made “Hail to the Chief” a tribute to the President of the United States.

What does hail slang mean?

to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome.

What does all hail mean in the Bible?

used to express greeting, welcome, or acclamation.

What does all hail the king mean?

Considering this, we can say that “Hail to the King!” can be both a way to express acclaim, praise to the King and express greeting.

Why did they begin playing Hail to the Chief to welcome the President?

It was first played to honor an American president as early as 1815, when a Boston celebration marking the end of the War of 1812 fell on Washington’s birthday.

Do you play Hail to the Chief for the vice president?

It was the personal anthem for the president, until it was replaced by the song “Hail to the Chief”, and it is now the official vice president’s personal anthem. The song is always preceded by four ruffles and flourishes when introducing the vice president.

How do I use the word hail in a sentence?

Examples from Collins dictionaries
It started to hail, huge great stones. The victim was hit by a hail of bullets. The riot police were met with a hail of stones and petrol bombs. I hail from Brighton.

Is hail same as praise?

It can mean ‘to call out to (someone) to attract attention’ e.g. I hailed her in English or I hailed a taxi. It can also mean to praise (someone or something).

Why is it called hail?

From Middle English heil (“healthy, sound”), from Old Norse heill, from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, entire, healthy”). The verb is from Middle English heilen, itself from the adjective.