Complete Definition of "ciao"

English

Etymology
It.

Pronunciation
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-aÊ|-aÊ

Interjection
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  1. hello, hi (especially US), howdy (US).
  2. bye, goodbye.

Usage notes
In UK usage, ciao is sometimes considered to be somewhat pretentious.


Italian

Etymology
From the translation of the medieval Latin word term|sclavus||Slavic|lang=la in the Venetian dialect, (I am your) term|slave, originally pronounced /stÊaÊ/. Slavs where often enslaved during the early Middle Ages, thus the semantic correspondence. Development and use similar to the Central European greeting of term|servus.

Interjection
infl|it|interjection|head=ciao!

  1. hello|Hello!
  2. goodbye|Goodbye!

Derived terms
ciao ciao

Category:Italian phrasebook

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