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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With Aaron Ramsey joining Juventus on a free and Laurent Koscielny parting ways to Bordeaux in unfortunately bitter circumstances, Arsenal have lost some of their longest serving players (and goodbye Carl Jenkinson, of course)., "Nacho Monreal: Farewell to an Underrated Defender in a Chaotic Time at Arsenal," 1 Sep. 2019 The tearful goodbye didn’t last for too long, and pretty soon, Gia and her family (sans her father Joe Giudice) were on their way to Rutgers. Joelle Goldstein,, "Teresa Giudice Helps Daughter Gia Move Into Her Rutgers Dorm as She Drops Her Off for First Time," 30 Aug. 2019 Ripa posted a photo on her official Instagram account Sunday of her kissing her 18-year-old daughter goodbye. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos send daughter Lola off to college," 26 Aug. 2019 The 28-year-old packed his locker, told his jubilant teammates goodbye and held back tears while conducting one final interview. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "'It's just weird:' Max Stassi returns to Minute Maid Park," 23 Aug. 2019 When the speech was over, the air in the room went to the impending goodbye. Nikki Haley, National Review, "My Husband’s Deployment," 22 Aug. 2019 This one is a tough one since there were a lot of tearful goodbyes at the end of the season. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's Why Eleven May Be "Stranger Things" Season 4's Villain," 12 Aug. 2019 The University of Texas professor outlined 10 steps in relationships, from hello to goodbye. Pamela Pavliscak, Quartz, "Forget AI ethics—treat technology like a new relationship instead," 2 Aug. 2019 Missing, of course, is his biggest rival, Usain Bolt, the Jamaican standout who rewrote the record book before saying goodbye to track nearly two years ago. Pat Graham,, "Golden age: Sprinter Justin Gatlin still feeling spry at 37," 23 July 2019

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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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