goodbye

noun
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 True to his word, the 20-time Grand Slam champion did not say goodbye for good to tennis. Howard Fendrich, ajc, 24 Sep. 2022 This year September has provided us with 22 days to say goodbye to summer and prepare for fall. Kevin Dayhoff, Baltimore Sun, 23 Sep. 2022 Here's what 12 London mourners wore to say goodbye to the Queen. Faran Krentcil, ELLE, 20 Sep. 2022 Once again, the brother princes are standing together to say goodbye to their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Sep. 2022 The procession through the countryside was a very different visual than that through London, though still packed with mourners there to say goodbye. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 Rosa Canonicato, 48, a National Health Service nurse originally from the Philippines and now living near Windsor, had come along to say goodbye to the former monarch. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 19 Sep. 2022 But with republican sentiment rising across the Commonwealth – and, whisper it, perhaps even at home – will the same be true when the time comes to say goodbye to King Charles III? Rosa Prince, CNN, 19 Sep. 2022 The tide of people wanting to say goodbye to the queen has grown steadily since the public was first admitted to the hall on Wednesday. Jill Lawless, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

26 Sep 2022

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“Goodbye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goodbye. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for goodbye

good-bye

interjection
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

good-bye

noun
variants: or good-by

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

: a remark made when someone is leaving

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