The Italian term for "Hi" or "Bye"
Ciao Bella - Hi Beautiful/Bye Beautiful
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italian greeting word, either hello or goodbye
Ciao bella - Hello girlfriend
Ciao bello - goodbye boyfriend
by Anonymous September 11, 2003
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originally italian for hello or goodbye now common in southwest US and Mexico for goodbye.
tengo ir, ciao
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What Italians say all day long while riding around on scooters.
(def. according to Eddie Izzard)
"Ciao," said the Roman as he revved his cherry red Vespa's motor.
by Krista January 5, 2004
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Ciao was originally an Italian word meaning 'hello' or 'goodbye', but culturally diffused into various European nations with Romance languages.

In the United States, it is commonly used by Spanish-speakers and French-speakers, in addition to Italian-speakers.

When "ciao" is used by Americans, instead of looking sophisticated, they look like retards. So, if you're American.... just don't say it.
Spanish: Bueno, Mamá. Ya me voy. Ciao!
French: Alors, Maman. Je me vais. Ciao!
(OK, Mom. I'm leaving. Bye)

An American saying Ciao: Ciao, darling. I'm a prick because i say 'Ciao' to sound sophisticated
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an italian loan word meaning goodbye. if said by anyone who isn't from italy, it actually means, i think i'm better than you and act pretentious all the time because i think i'm much more interesting than i am. it usually is an invitation to punch them in the face before they leave so long as it isn't used ironically.
oh, i forwarded you the MOST interesting article from the latest issue of harper's. Gotta run, i'm late for my book club. ciao.
by king kong NINJA April 20, 2004
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