good·​bye gu̇d-ˈbī How to pronounce goodbye (audio)
variants or good-bye or less commonly goodby or good-by
: a concluding remark or gesture at parting
often used interjectionally
: a taking of leave
a tearful goodbye

Examples of goodbye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The very bright planet Venus continues its long goodbye in the early morning sky. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 Flamini had anticipated a quiet exit from the cave, but her tantalizing goodbye on Instagram had reached not just her friends but also Spanish journalists, who were interested to learn more about her attempt to beat Veljković’s world record. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2024 Still, his goodbye leaves one of the most influential jobs in movies open for the taking. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 Over on death row, the inmates gave Hancock a send-off — kicking their doors and filling the prison with the rumbling sound of a makeshift goodbye. Emma Goldberg Desiree Rios, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2024 The store will close sometime after its goodbye sale and celebration — with cake — that is to wrap up on Sunday. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 But the wedding is over, Glantz says goodbye for good. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2024 As she was taken to surgery for that procedure, her parents said goodbye. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 20 Jan. 2024 Tora says her final goodbye to her wife at the funeral home, while a family of four face a life without a wife and mother. Marta Balaga, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


alteration of God be with you

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of goodbye was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Goodbye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or good-by
: a concluding remark at parting
often used interjectionally

a shortened and altered form of God be with you

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