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Au Revoir – Goodbye

Au Revoir – Goodbye

In French “au revoir” (pronounced oh-ruh-vwahr) means goodbye, bye and farewell. It is the most formal way of saying good-bye. In this post we’ll closely examine the pronunciation of au revoir, salut vs. au revoir and look at some related expressions.

Au revoir


Au revoir = goodbye in French

Au revoir pronunciation in French

Before we go any further let’s have a closer look at how to pronounce au revoir. The au is pronounced like “oh” as in “oh my gosh!”. Pronouncing the -re is optional. Sometimes it’s pronounced and sometimes it’s skipped over. The -voir is pronounce “vwahr”. Hence, the complete pronunciation is: “oh-ruh-vwhar” or “oh-vwhar”.

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Allez, au revoir !

When saying “au revoir”, the French often precede it with the word “allez”. This comes from the verb “aller”, which means to go. This page on our site explores “aller” in detail. Thus, aller, au revoir can translate to both “Well, goodbye”, according to this page on

Allez, au revoir !

Well, goodbye!

Au revoir: goodbye in French

How to reply to au revoir

The best way to respond to “au revoir” is to simply reply “au revoir”. In formal situations you can reply with “au revoir madame” or “au revoir monsieur” (goodbye, ma’am or goodbye, sir).

Au revoir vs salut

The greeting word “salut” translate to both “hi!” and “bye!”. It is much less formal than “au revoir”. In more formal settings using au revoir would be much more appropriate. This page on our site covers salut in detail.



Adieu meaning

Adieu also means goodbye in French. Au revoir means goodbye when it’s expected that the two people will see each other again. Adieu, however, means goodbye forever. The word adieu is most commonly used when somebody passes away. Adieu literally means “to God”, similar to adios in Spanish.



3 expressions with au revoir

In French, “au revoir” appears in a few expressions which we’ll observe below:

  • Ce n’est qu’un au revoir Meaning: “It’s just a goodbye” and the French name of the song, Auld Lang Syne
  • Au revoir, à la prochaine. Bye! See you next time!
  • Au revoir, bonne journée. Bye! Have a nice day!

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David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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