allô

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See also: allo, allos, álló, allò, allo-, and ällö

French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English hello.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a.lo/
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Interjection[edit]

allô

  1. (telephony) hello (when answering at the beginning of a call)
  2. (telephony) used to confirm that the person being addressed is listening, or to confirm if anyone is listening
    Allô? Tu m’entends?Hello? You hear me?
  3. (Quebec, Louisiana) hello (as a in-person greeting)
  4. (informal) hello! (implying someone is not paying attention to the obvious)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Using "allô" as a greeting is normal in Quebec and Louisiana, but particularly rude in Europe, where it should be avoided.

Descendants[edit]

  • Romanian: alo
  • Russian: алло́ (alló)
  • Spanish: aló
  • Turkish: alo
  • Vietnamese: a-lô
  • Hijazi Arabic: ⁧ألو

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