imperative verb
fare·​well | \ fer-ˈwel How to pronounce farewell (audio) \

Definition of farewell

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: get along well used interjectionally to or by one departing


fare·​well | \ fer-ˈwel How to pronounce farewell (audio) \

Definition of farewell (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a wish of well-being at parting : goodbye said their farewells and headed home
2a : an act of departure : leave-taking I will take my farewell of this place tomorrow.
b : a formal occasion honoring a person about to leave or retire held a great farewell for the retiring senator


fare·​well | \ fer-ˈwel How to pronounce farewell (audio) \

Definition of farewell (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

chiefly Australia and New Zealand
: to bid farewell to


fare·​well | \ ˈfer-ˌwel How to pronounce farewell (audio) \

Definition of farewell (Entry 4 of 4)

: of or relating to leave-taking : final a farewell performance

Synonyms & Antonyms for farewell

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of farewell in a Sentence

Noun They said their farewells and headed home. the exchange student and her host family said their tearful farewells, promising to keep in touch Verb The retiring teacher was farewelled by the whole school at a special assembly. Adjective The band gave a farewell concert. the singer's farewell tour seemed to last almost as long as her entire career
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nichols was seen waving, blowing kisses and flashing Star Trek's famous Vulcan salute to the many fans who turned out to bid her farewell. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, 31 July 2022 Jack takes a detour to swing Ricky by his townwide farewell organized by Lizzie. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 20 July 2022 Johnson mentioned none of this during his farewell. Holly Thomas, CNN, 16 July 2022 His farewell to the Thrillbillys is July 23 at JV’s in Falls Church. John Kelly, Washington Post, 4 July 2022 Seven-plus years after their farewell, the former lovers are reunited. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 June 2022 Rather than make abundant space for McKinnon throughout the episode, the show mostly contained its farewell to the cold open. Amanda Wicks, The Atlantic, 22 May 2022 The day after their CMT Awards reunion, the Judds announced a new arena tour that was set to be their official farewell. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2022 Melvin concluded his farewell by thanking viewers for their loyalty. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In his farewell speech on Monday, outgoing liberal President Moon Jae-in — a staunch advocate of diplomacy with North Korea — made a final plea for inter-Korean dialogue and the peace process. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for peace between the two countries during his farewell speech Tuesday. Fox News, 10 May 2022 And yet at the same time, Hatch, in his farewell speech on the Senate floor, lamented the political hardening of the country, while at the same time saying his Senate service had been the honor of his life. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 The Ellen DeGeneres Show's farewell season premiered on Sept. 13. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Underneath was a basket filled with softballs on which relatives, friends, and neighbors could write farewell notes. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 21 June 2022 Firstly, the ceremony will include a farewell tribute to Neighbours, the soap drama that has become a beloved institution of our youths, after the show-runners revealed the series would be wrapping up for good after 37 years. Refinery29 Australia Team, refinery29.com, 19 June 2022 Ousted Disney executive Peter Rice addressed his team in a farewell message obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2022 The 12 students who completed Harford County Public Schools’ Future Link post-secondary program in 2022 were honored during a farewell celebration June 3 at Harford Community College. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of farewell

Imperative verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1580, in the meaning defined above


1669, in the meaning defined above

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“Farewell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farewell. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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fare·​well | \ fer-ˈwel How to pronounce farewell (audio) \

Kids Definition of farewell

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fare·​well | \ ˈfer-ˌwel How to pronounce farewell (audio) \

Kids Definition of farewell (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to a time or act of leaving : final a farewell speech

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