au revoir


au re·​voir ˌȯr-ə-ˈvwär How to pronounce au revoir (audio)
plural au revoirs
: an expression of good wishes when someone leaves : goodbye
often used interjectionally

Examples of au revoir in a Sentence

the noise of the street was so loud that the quieter au revoirs of her friends went unheard
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Word History


French, literally, till seeing again

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of au revoir was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Au revoir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

au revoir

au re·​voir ˌōr-əv-ˈwär How to pronounce au revoir (audio) ˌȯr- How to pronounce au revoir (audio)

French, literally "till seeing again"

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