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ciao Syllabification: ciao

Definition of ciao in English:


Used as a greeting at meeting or parting.
Example sentences
  • 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.’
  • To say goodbye, most Uruguayans have adopted the Italian ciao or addio in place of the Spanish adios.


1920s: Italian, dialect alteration of schiavo '(I am your) slave', from medieval Latin sclavus 'slave'.

Words that rhyme with ciao

allow, avow, Bilbao, Bissau, bough, bow, bow-wow, brow, cacao, chow, cow, dhow, Dow, endow, Foochow, Frau, Hangzhou, Hough, how, Howe, kowtow, Lao, Liao, Macao, Macau, miaow, Mindanao, mow, now, ow, Palau, plough (US plow), pow, prow, row, scow, Slough, sough, sow, Tao, thou, vow, wow, Yangshao
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