chao
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Usage note
This word may also be spelled "chau" in the sense shown in 1).
chao
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(goodbye)
a. bye
¡Chao, Claudia! - ¡Chao, Marta! ¡Nos vemos mañana!Bye, Claudia! - Bye, Marta! See you tomorrow!
b. see you
Bueno, me voy papá, que tengo que trabajar mañana. - Está bien. Chao, mi amor.Well, I'm heading out Dad. I have to work tomorrow. - OK. See you, honey.
c. ciao
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Chao! ¡Y muchas gracias por venir! - ¡Gracias a ti por invitarnos!Ciao! And thanks for coming! - Thank you for inviting us!
d. cheerio
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Chao, hermano. Espero verte de vuelta pronto.Cheerio, mate. I hope to see you again soon.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(nourishment)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
a. food
El precio del chao es lo que está en la mente de los votantes dominicanos en esta jornada electoral.Food prices are what's in the mind of Dominican voters this election day.
b. chow
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Hay que buscar chao, papá. Me estoy muriendo de hambre.We need to find some chow, dude. I'm starving.
3. (portion of food)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
a. meal
Bueno, es hora de ir a la mesa y disfrutar del chao.Well, it's time to sit down at the table and enjoy our meal.
4. (jail meal)
Regionalism used in the Dominican Republic
(Dominican Republic)
a. prison food
El chao que comen los reos en la penitenciaria La Victoria sabe peor que cualquier cosa que hayas comido en tu vida.The prison food inmates are given at La Victoria penitentiary tastes worse than anything you've ever eaten.
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