an acknowledgment that can be used to say hello or goodbye (aloha is Hawaiian and ciao is Italian)
hello, hi (especially US), howdy (US).
Origin: From ciao ("hello, goodbye"), from ciao ("hello, goodbye, your (humble) servant"), from s-ciao / s-ciavo ("servant, slave"), from sclavus, related also to Italian schiavo, English Slav, slave and old Venetian S-ciavón ("Slav"), from Latin Sclavonia ("Slavonia").
The word "ciao" is an informal Italian verbal salutation or greeting, meaning either "hello", "hi", "goodbye", or "bye". Originally from the Venetian language, it was adopted into the Italian language and eventually entered the vocabulary of English and of many other languages around the world. The word is mostly used as "goodbye" or "bye" in English, but in modern Italian and in other languages it may mean "hello" or "goodbye", similar to the word shalom in Hebrew, salaam in Arabic, or aloha in Hawaiian. The Vietnamese word chào, while similar-sounding, is unrelated etymologically.
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The numerical value of CIAO in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of CIAO in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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