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It is not a phrase. It is a word and it means "hello" and "goodbye" in Italian.

The word ciao derives from the phrase s-ciào vostro (Lit: "I am your slave") in the Venetian language[1], which passed into Italian and subsequently into other languages around the world.

Visit the Wikipedia article on ciao for more information, including versions of the greeting in other world languages.

References Edit

  1. Wikipedia article on ciao.

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