[chah-aw; English chou]
- (used as a word of greeting or parting): hello; goodbye; so long; see you later.
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Related Wordsadieu, goodbye, sendoff, bye-bye, letter, nod, ovation, salute, reception, hello, card, valediction, salutation, parting, ciao, cheerio, adios, leave-taking, Godspeed
Examples from the Web for ciao
I believe the word is derived from “schiavo,” a slave, which became corrupted into “schiao,” and “ciao.”Selections from Previous Works
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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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