One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used as a greeting at meeting or parting.
farewell, adieuView synonyms
- ‘I opened the door, he kissed my cheeks and said ciao, and I walked away.’
- ‘Remnants of the Italian occupation during World War II exist in the capital, such as the use of ciao to say ‘good-bye.’’
- ‘The penultimate week is tense, but everyone knows it's time to say ciao to Conte.’
- ‘To say goodbye, most Uruguayans have adopted the Italian ciao or addio in place of the Spanish adios.’
Italian, dialect alteration of schiavo ‘(I am your) slave’, from medieval Latin sclavus ‘slave’.
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