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farewell

imperative verb fare·well \ fer-ˈwel \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of farewell

: get along well used interjectionally to or by one departing

First Known Use of farewell

14th century


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farewell

noun fare·well \ fer-ˈwel \

Definition of farewell

1 : a wish of well-being at parting : goodbye
  • said their farewells and headed home
2 a : 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

Examples of farewell in a Sentence

  1. They said their farewells and headed home.

  2. the exchange student and her host family said their tearful farewells, promising to keep in touch

Recent Examples of farewell from the Web

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First Known Use of farewell

14th century

farewell Synonyms

Synonyms
adieu, au revoir, ave, bon voyage, congé (also congee), good–bye, Godspeed
Antonyms
hello
Related Words
leave-taking, send-off
Near Antonyms
greeting (s), salutation, salute; welcome

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farewell

verb fare·well \ fer-ˈwel \

Definition of farewell

transitive verb
chiefly Australia and New Zealand
: to bid farewell to

Examples of farewell in a Sentence

  1. The retiring teacher was farewelled by the whole school at a special assembly.

First Known Use of farewell

1580


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farewell

adjective fare·well \ ˈfer-ˌwel \

Definition of farewell

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

Examples of farewell in a Sentence

  1. The band gave a farewell concert.

  2. the singer's farewell tour seemed to last almost as long as her entire career

Recent Examples of farewell from the Web

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First Known Use of farewell

1669

farewell Synonyms


FAREWELL Defined for English Language Learners

farewell

noun

Definition of farewell for English Language Learners

  • : something that you say to a person who is leaving

  • : an act of leaving


farewell

adjective

Definition of farewell for English Language Learners

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


FAREWELL Defined for Kids

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farewell

noun fare·well \ fer-ˈwel \

Definition of farewell for Students


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farewell

adjective fare·well \ ˈfer-ˌwel \

Definition of farewell for Students

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


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