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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Examples of goodbye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last season’s dismissal by the Lightning led to waving goodbye to Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara., 12 June 2021 Say goodbye to SurveyMonkey, and say hello to Momentive. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 9 June 2021 Her eldest child, Donna Casey of San Francisco, remembers the day after the going-away party, when the family gathered in her hotel room for Mass and to say goodbye. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021 On Monday, the second full day of spring this year, Washington was warmer than on either of the two days that left us happily waving goodbye to winter. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2021 As the pope's plane took off, Iraqi President Barham Salih was at hand on the tarmac, waving goodbye. Fox News, 8 Mar. 2021 One video shows a woman with her children waving goodbye while walking through the airport. Time, 10 Jan. 2021 On June 10, Molly Bernard will say goodbye to Lauren Heller. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 5 June 2021 To say goodbye to the major label I was signed to, and release my debut album on my own label. Katie Bain, Billboard, 4 June 2021

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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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The first known use of goodbye was in 1575

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22 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Goodbye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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