good·​bye | \ gu̇d-ˈbī How to pronounce goodbye (audio) , gə(d)-\
variants: or good-bye or less commonly goodby or good-by

Definition of goodbye

1 : a concluding remark or gesture at parting often used interjectionally
2 : a taking of leave a tearful goodbye

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As school starts to finally wind down, plans of heading out to the beach or just having a good time with friends are starting to be made before finals and goodbyes happen. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "45 Best Memorial Day Instagram Captions To Kick-Start Your Summer," 7 May 2019 Just a few days after saying a final goodbye to his fictional father on Riverdale, actor KJ Apa opened up further about the loss of Luke Perry — and just how much their bond meant to him. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "KJ Apa Shared Memories of Luke Perry on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"," 27 Apr. 2019 Because of that, there were so many scenes that could be interpreted as goodbyes as characters gathered together on the eve of their toughest fight yet. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Says Podrick's Song Predicts Arya's Death," 23 Apr. 2019 This sounds to me like a particularly useful substitute for an office goodbye — or good luck or happy-retirement — gift. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "What to do when hubby cares more about the furniture than his wife," 30 Mar. 2019 Consider the sunny addition an official harbinger of warmth, and a hopeful goodbye to winter. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Shows How a Risky Eyeshadow Shade Is Done," 5 Mar. 2019 Also, not really clear who Drake is kissing goodbye here. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Drake's 9 Best Call-Outs on 'Scorpion'," 29 June 2018 Peterson stressed that commuters would still be able to kiss their spouses goodbye, but can now do so in diagonal parking spaces. Hank Beckman,, "La Grange approves final funding for Metra station enhancement project," 28 June 2018 Unfortunately her mom was kidding and the girl had to kiss her beau goodbye—and give up the dream of rebooting the Andrew McCarthy/Kim Cattrall classic film, Mannequin forever. Melissa Locker, Time, "Little Girl Who Has Instant Rapport With Mannequin Boy Refuses to Leave Store," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of goodbye

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for goodbye

alteration of God be with you

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English Language Learners Definition of goodbye

: a remark or gesture made when someone is leaving
: a time or occasion when someone leaves


variants: or good-by \ gu̇d-​ˈbī \

Kids Definition of good-bye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to express good wishes to someone who is leaving


variants: or good-by

Kids Definition of good-bye (Entry 2 of 2)

: a remark made when someone is leaving

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