farewell

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

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 Wickersham's co-stars and network bid her farewell. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 The Miami Heat veteran was then ejected, just as his farewell deserved, Haslem leaving the home court to a standing ovation for the ages. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 13 May 2021 The shows leading up to his grand farewell will feature all sorts of special guests, culminating in an hourlong finale that will celebrate the last 11 years of Conan. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 4 May 2021 His farewell was limited to just a few people at the grave site due to the coronavirus restrictions. Matthew Vann, ABC News, 29 Apr. 2021 The 56-year-old is likely to mark his farewell with a record-extending ninth consecutive league title. Aleks Klosok, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 The senior quarterback may have lost his chance to perform before a university scout, but the senior soprano never got to sing her farewell concert before classmates, parents and friends. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Given how seismic Stabler’s departure was for the series and its devoted audience, his farewell is unceremonious — almost as if the producers were holding out hope for a last-minute contract resolution that never came to fruition. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 The doc and her 2018 Broadway musical, which tell her life story in their own ways, mark her bittersweet farewell to her fans, her husband Erwin Bach says. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective My own vision of what lay ahead came during two farewell dinners hosted by friends in the summer of 2019. Kwame Alexander, Bon Appétit, 25 May 2021 Teachers and staff at Roark, both current and past, joined a recent farewell celebration to share memories and open a time capsule from the school’s 50th anniversary in 2011. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 25 May 2021 There are farewell tours from both Kiss and the Monkees and a 50th anniversary tour from the Doobie Brothers. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 23 May 2021 Hunter Pence, the longtime outfielder, played a farewell season in San Francisco last year. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 Their youth development was delayed with both the pressure and attention on Kobe Bryant's farewell tour as well as LeBron James' first year with the Lakers. Omari Sankofa Ii, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021 Two days before blastoff, the 27-year-old Gagarin wrote a farewell letter to his wife, Valentina, sharing his pride in being chosen to ride in Vostok 1 but also trying to console her in the event of his death. NBC News, 12 Apr. 2021 The Gettysburg Address, his farewell speech to the people of Springfield, his condolence letter to Mrs. Bixby, and his Second Inaugural address are considered among the greatest writings in western literature. Time, 15 Apr. 2021 That caused Sampson to push Mills back, followed by a farewell head-butt. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Apr. 2021

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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 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for farewell

farewell

noun

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

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

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

farewell

adjective

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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