au revoir

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from French au revoir, with relatively formal but otherwise identical meaning, possibly due to the cumbersome nature of formal English equivalents.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌəʊ.ɹə.ˈvwɑː/ or IPA(key): /ɔːɹ.ˈvwɑː/, or pronounced as in French, IPA(key): /o.ʁə.ˈvwaʁ/ or IPA(key): /ɔʁ.ˈvwaʁ/.
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌoʊ.ɹə.ˈvwɑɹ/ or IPA(key): /ˌɑ.ɹə.ˈvwɑɹ/.

Interjection[edit]

au revoir

  1. Goodbye till we meet again.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:goodbye
    • 2000 January 22, Philipp Goedicke, Carl Kasell (announcer), “Listener Limerick Challenge”, Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, National Public Radio
      Though about it the South used to brag / I’m afraid it’s become such a drag / We should say au revoir / To the old stars and bars
    • 2001 November 23, Jack Hassell, “Au Revoir!”, Object Management Group, mail archive, www.omg.org [1]
      After about 40++ TC meetings and over seven years, it's time to say "au revoir" - at least for now.

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, “until the reseeing”.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /o ʁə.vwaʁ/, (colloquial) /ɔʁ.vwaʁ/
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Interjection[edit]

au revoir

  1. goodbye
    Synonyms: (informal) salut; (informal) à plus tard; (informal) à plus; (informal) bye; (informal) bye-bye; (informal) ciao; (informal) à la revoyure

Descendants[edit]

  • Louisiana Creole French: aréwa

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