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[chah-aw; English chou]
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interjection Italian.
  1. (used as a word of greeting or parting): hello; goodbye; so long; see you later.
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Related Words

adieu, goodbye, sendoff, bye-bye, letter, nod, ovation, salute, reception, hello, card, valediction, salutation, parting, ciao, cheerio, adios, leave-taking, Godspeed

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Historical Examples

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

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    Samuel Butler

British Dictionary definitions for ciao


sentence substitute
  1. an informal word for hello, goodbye
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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.)).

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