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 Their mother, in a mask and gloves, was allowed inside to say goodbye to her husband, an Air Force veteran, farmer and outdoorsman who had Alzheimer’s disease at the end of his life but never forgot the faces of his family. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Wisconsin Medical Examiner Prepared for the Worst. It Wasn’t Enough.," 20 Nov. 2020 Sports fans will get a chance to say goodbye to one of the greatest athletes Louisville ever produced, as the Louisville Sports Commission announced Wednesday the funeral for Paul Hornung will be available for streaming. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, "Football legend Paul Hornung's funeral service to be streamed Friday," 18 Nov. 2020 Bates wanted to come out to say goodbye to her friends. Christina Tkacik,, "Last call (again) at Mt. Royal Tavern as Baltimore shuts down bars that don’t sell food amid coronavirus surge," 17 Nov. 2020 Many people are understandably rejoicing at being able to finally say goodbye to Donald Trump, a president who has enabled white supremacist violence, threatened democratic institutions, and ignored a worldwide pandemic. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Patience Is A Virtue: Joe Biden Won!," 7 Nov. 2020 The family of Green Township firefighter Mike Weissmann has arranged for people to say goodbye with a drive-thru visitation on Saturday. Segann March, The Enquirer, "Drive-thru visitation being held for Green Township firefighter Mike Weissmann," 5 Nov. 2020 Though Mai wasn't able to say goodbye to the show live in the ballroom, the series aired a heartfelt and empowering video package in her honor. Natalie Stone,, "Jeannie Mai Shares Shares Post-Emergency Surgery Photo and Update: 'No Speaking, No Chewing'," 5 Nov. 2020 For many Covid-19 mourners, the loss of funerals and memorial services has left them unable to feel a sense of closure and say goodbye to loved ones -- an integral part of the grieving process. NBC News, "Covid-19 mourners are turning to Facebook for grief support," 1 Nov. 2020 In a little over two months, San Diego County will say goodbye to its two longest serving county supervisors. Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, "As Supervisors Jacob and Cox leave office, they see new challenges for San Diego County," 1 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

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“Goodbye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce goodbye (audio)

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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