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[chah-aw; English chou] /ˈtʃɑ ɔ; English tʃaʊ/
interjection, Italian.
(used as a word of greeting or parting): hello; goodbye; so long; see you later. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I believe the word is derived from “schiavo,” a slave, which became corrupted into “schiao,” and “ciao.”

British Dictionary definitions for ciao


sentence substitute
an informal word for hello, goodbye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ciao

parting salutation, 1929, dialectal variant of Italian schiavo "(your obedient) servant," literally "slave," from Medieval Latin sclavus "slave" (see slave (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ciao



A salutation either on meeting or parting

[1920s+;frItalian,fr schiavo,''Iamyourslave'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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