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

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

Synonyms: Adjective

parting, valedictory

Antonyms: Noun

hello

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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

On Sunday, parishioners came from around Western Washington to bid Sartain farewell and see him off into archbishop emeritus status. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "New Catholic archbishop appointed to the Archdiocese of Seattle," 3 Sep. 2019 Nearly 20 years have passed since Kiss played its first farewell show at the Ruoff venue. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Once more, with bombast: Kiss delivers bold farewell to Indianapolis," 1 Sep. 2019 The Cinco Ranch football team bid a fond farewell to its only coach this year, as Don Clayton announced his retirement in April. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Dudley, Cinco Ranch football to make debut against Cy Ranch," 26 Aug. 2019 Since early spring, Bootes has graced our skies, but now it’s beginning its gradual farewell. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: The summer hunter begins his long goodbye," 25 Aug. 2019 Fond farewell: The A’s reinstated Nick Hundley from the 10-day injured list and designated the 35-year-old catcher for assignment. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "A’s trade-deadline additions could be internal," 25 July 2019 In the meantime, scroll down to check out how the cast bid the show farewell. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Big Little Lies Cast React to the Season 2 Finale on Instagram," 22 July 2019 Their work is collaborative — which is why, at this year’s Met Gala, Roach walked the red carpet with Zendaya, playing the fairy godmother to her Cinderella in a tongue-in-cheek farewell to Zendaya’s Disney days. Constance Grady, Vox, "What makes Zendaya a great celebrity," 15 July 2019 And a fond farewell and best wishes to Kyle Neaves, who did a tremendous job heading up communications for WKU's football program these past six years. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: Sit back and enjoy Serena Williams as she makes another Wimbledon run," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Belgian brought his Stamford Bridge career to an end by scoring 21 and assisting 17 in all competitions, lifting the Europa League in his farewell appearance. SI.com, "FIFPro Men's World 11: Predicting the Final XI for The 2019 Award," 6 Sep. 2019 Check out five highlights of the band’s local farewell performance: 1. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Once more, with bombast: Kiss delivers bold farewell to Indianapolis," 1 Sep. 2019 At a farewell event for former press secretary Sarah Sanders, Westerhout bragged about her gatekeeper status. Arden Farhi, CBS News, "Trump addresses abrupt departure of his personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout," 30 Aug. 2019 Sunday afternoon closed down the season with the king of Tanglewood traditions, the farewell performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "At Tanglewood, summer ends with film giant John Williams and other time-honored traditions," 26 Aug. 2019 The Cubs on Thursday presented Bruce Bochy with a Wrigley Field scoreboard panel with his jersey number 15 inscribed as a farewell gift. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Maddon and Bruce Bochy believe baseball managers should be valued and compensated like NFL and NBA coaches," 22 Aug. 2019 Paul Stanley, singer, songwriter and guitarist for Kiss, shared his thoughts on these matters, as the band stops in town on a farewell tour that stretches into 2021. Chris Varias, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Stanley of Kiss: 'We have a certain expiration date'," 22 Aug. 2019 Rock legend Peter Frampton said goodbye to Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night during his farewell tour, capping off a 53-year career by playing yet another sold-out venue. John Leyba, The Know, "PHOTOS: Peter Frampton’s farewell tour sells out Red Rocks," 1 Aug. 2019 Spend the afternoon exploring Reykjavík on your own before gathering for a farewell dinner. National Geographic, "Iceland Family Journey: Geysers, Glaciers, and Fjords," 17 June 2019

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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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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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