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

farewell

noun
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

farewell

verb
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

farewell

adjective
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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My dad was immediately told that the results would be available within 48 hours, to bid his farewells to my grandma, and he was then ushered out of the hospital. oregonlive, "Portland Pilots guard Chase Adams under self-quarantine after grandmother diagnosed with coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020 Their farewells illuminated the stark — and sometimes comic — differences that marked a momentous rivalry. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "For Spurs and Bryant, rivalry was forged in respect," 26 Jan. 2020 Just 36 hours after returning to the U.S. from Antarctica, the two bid farewell to stateside family and friends and headed for the Philippines. Tanya Ward Goodman, Travel + Leisure, "This Couple Gave Up Having a Home to Travel Full-time — and Then Coronavirus Hit," 6 Apr. 2020 American princess Meghan Markle bid farewell to royal duties, and now is back to living her best Hollywood life. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle’s Post-Royal Film Debut Is Exactly What Her Fans Needed," 6 Apr. 2020 Unquestionably one of the stories of the summer, the Belgian bid farewell to west London in favour of the La Liga side, in a deal that could potentially rise to an eye-watering £130m. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts as Eden Hazard Makes Real Madrid Bow in Pre-Season Defeat to Bayern Munich," 21 July 2019 The legendary rocker's farewell tour was announced in early 2018 and kicked off that April. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Ozzy Osbourne cancels North American tour one month after revealing Parkinson's diagnosis," 18 Feb. 2020 As part of his season-long farewell tour to cap a 20-year career, Kobe Bryant spent the 2016 All-Star Game receiving countless tributes and gifts. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why this NBA All-Star Weekend will be unlike any other in history of sport," 14 Feb. 2020 The last few months could serve as his Cleveland farewell tour. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Andre Drummond injects life into 13-win Cleveland Cavaliers: ‘That’s a (expletive) steal’," 8 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This Martin Scorsese film captures the Band signing off with a farewell concert for the ages on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. Ed Masley, azcentral, "The 15 best concert movies you can stream now, from the Who to Beyonce," 18 Apr. 2020 Drive-through event: A fourth-grade farewell celebration has been scheduled for June 3. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Duo’s mythical bird aims to give us a lift: Around The Town," 15 May 2020 The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior was masterful in his farewell performance. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "As shock of season fades, Michigan State's Cassius Winston waits for chance in NBA," 11 May 2020 Return to Paro for a farewell dinner at a family-run farm, and present your On Assignment project before flying home. National Geographic, "Bhutan Expedition: Journey to the Last Himalayan Kingdom," 20 Sep. 2019 Deborah Borda shares a moment with Gustavo Dudamel during a farewell tribute to her in May 2017 at Disney Hall. Los Angeles Times, "For American orchestras, survival lessons from the woman who rescued the L.A. Phil," 29 Apr. 2020 The video schedule for each graduation includes a welcome by valedictorians, principals and the superintendent, Watson said, as well as a farewell video and a roll call of the graduates. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Spring ISD planning for both virtual, in-person graduation ceremonies," 17 Apr. 2020 The welcome and farewell light signature is inspired by astronomical events as a nod to nature, while the C-pillars are labeled to indicate that they house LED charging indicators. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "More Details about Polestar Precept Concept from Its Designer," 7 Apr. 2020 On Sunday, the towel, along with two tickets from Bryant's farewell game, sold for a total of $33,077.16, according to Jeff Woolf, president of Iconic Auctions. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A towel Kobe Bryant wore during his farewell speech sold at an auction for over $30,000," 29 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of farewell

Imperative verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1580, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1669, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of farewell was in the 14th century

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“Farewell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farewell. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for farewell

farewell

noun
How to pronounce farewell (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of farewell

 (Entry 1 of 3)

formal + literary
: something that you say to a person who is leaving
: an act of leaving

farewell

verb
How to pronounce farewell (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of farewell (Entry 2 of 3)

chiefly Australia + New Zealand : to bid farewell to (someone who is leaving)

farewell

adjective
How to pronounce farewell (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of farewell (Entry 3 of 3)

: done when someone is leaving, ending a career, etc.

farewell

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

Kids Definition of farewell

 (Entry 1 of 2)

farewell

adjective
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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