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Au revoir

until we see each other again; goodbye for the present.
Contemporary Examples

Tracy McNicoll on how Francois Hollande said au revoir to former president Sarkozy.
François Hollande Sworn in as French President Tracy McNicoll May 14, 2012

Historical Examples

The doctors grinned sardonic disgust; intimated that a serious danger was threatening society, and hinted an au revoir.
My Experiences in a Lunatic Asylum Herman Charles Merivale

“Princesse, au revoir,” cried he, stumbling with his tongue as well as with his feet.
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

In Waterloo Station once more, the station in which he had said so many “good-byes,” we said au revoir again.
Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus

au revoir, Beauche; I’ll keep the best palace in Moscow for you!
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

Comrades said good-bye when it would have been more cheering to have said au revoir.
Impressions of a War Correspondent George Lynch

She is going to the coast for the season, and I called to-night to say au revoir.
A Breath of Prairie and other stories Will Lillibridge

“au revoir, gentlemen,” said the devil Mercurius; and once more fixed his tail round the neck of his disappointed companion.
The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray

“‘Say au revoir, but not good-by,’” sang Miss Sherborne sentimentally.
Cap’n Warren’s Wards Joseph C. Lincoln

How can I say au revoir briefly when there is so much more to tell?
A Truthful Woman in Southern California Kate Sanborn

sentence substitute

1690s, French, literally “to the seeing again.” From revoir (12c.), from Latin revidere.


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