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au revoir

[oh ruh-vwar; English oh ruh-vwahr] /oʊ rəˈvwar; English ˌoʊ rəˈvwɑr/
interjection, French.
1.
until we see each other again; goodbye for the present.
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  • She is going to the coast for the season, and I called to-night to say au revoir.

  • “‘Say au revoir, but not good-by,’” sang Miss Sherborne sentimentally.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Well, au revoir," he cried in a strained voice, and then fled down the stairs.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "au revoir," she whispered, her eyes intensely searching into his.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • "au revoir, ma chère," he answered, mastering his voice with all his strength.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • "Say 'au revoir,' but not 'good-bye,' sweet Coz," sang Madge lightly.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • Then I abandon myself to your protection; au revoir, countess.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre
  • The three travelers then jumped into their saddles, and set off, shouting "au revoir!"

  • “It is ‘au revoir,’” he replied, in an almost inaudible tone.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for au revoir

au revoir

/o rəvwar/
sentence substitute
1.
goodbye
Word Origin
literally: to the seeing again
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for au revoir

1690s, French, literally "to the seeing again." From revoir (12c.), from Latin revidere.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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