bon voyage


bon voy·​age
ˌbän- How to pronounce bon voyage (audio)
-ˌvwä-ˈyäzh How to pronounce bon voyage (audio)
plural bon voyages
: an expression of good wishes when someone leaves on a journey : goodbye
often used interjectionally

Examples of bon voyage in a Sentence

The crowd waved bon voyage as the ship left the dock. everyone said their bon voyages as the happy couple left on a cruise for their honeymoon
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Word History


French, literally, good journey!

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bon voyage was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bon voyage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bon voyage

bon voy·​age ˌbōn-ˌvwī-ˈäzh How to pronounce bon voyage (audio) -ˌvwä-ˈyäzh How to pronounce bon voyage (audio)
: farewell entry 2 sense 1
usually used as an interjection

French, literally, "good journey"

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