bon voyage

bon voy·​age | \ ˌbōⁿ-ˌvȯi-ˈäzh, ˌbän- How to pronounce bon voyage (audio) , ˌbōⁿ-ˌvwī-ˈäzh, -ˌvwä-ˈyäzh How to pronounce bon voyage (audio) \
plural bon voyages

Definition of bon voyage

: an expression of good wishes when someone leaves on a journey : goodbye often used interjectionally

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bon voyage


adieu, au revoir, ave, congé (also congee), farewell, Godspeed, good-bye (or good-by)



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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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What better way to bid them bon voyage than with this elegant minimalist passport cover from Cuyana? Sunset, "10 Unique Graduation Gifts," 22 Jan. 2018 The sight of the crippled Concordia had exerted a strange pull on the public, drawing numerous gawkers to the island of Giglio, though locals and non-voyeurs will be just as happy to bid the ship bon voyage. Barbara Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How the Costa Concordia is Emerging from the Sea," 14 July 2014

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First Known Use of bon voyage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bon voyage

French, literally, good journey!

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