[ 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.


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Words nearby ciao Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for ciao

  • I believe the word is derived from “schiavo,” a slave, which became corrupted into “schiao,” and “ciao.”

British Dictionary definitions for ciao

/ Italian (tʃau) /

sentence substitute

an informal word for hello, goodbye
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