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

Examples of goodbye in a Sentence

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Days 10-12: Todos Santos Say goodbye to the Sea of Cortez and drive to the Pacific coast. National Geographic, "Baja and the Sea of Cortez Expedition: Marine Conservation," 15 Sep. 2019 After arriving, the former Hewlett-Packard executive assistant, who was convicted of fraud involving the use of a company credit card, kissed her husband goodbye outside the receiving room. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "‘It was horrifying’: Ex-inmates describe fate that may await Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, other parents in college scandal," 12 Sep. 2019 In other words, say goodbye to President Warren’s unilateral fracking ban. David French, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Plans for Everything’ Consistently Violate the Law," 9 Sep. 2019 Salvador said goodbye to the other recruits and the instructors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Inside the Fire Academy, Part II: Who will survive the Grinder?," 5 Sep. 2019 Here, in her own words, Hong explains her choice to say goodbye to the restaurant industry...for now. Katianna Hong, Bon Appétit, "I Used to Love the Fine-Dining Grind. Then I Wanted to Start a Family.," 3 Sep. 2019 To say goodbye to summer, the family took a trip to Ocean City and had family portraits taken in the weeks before. Catalina Righter,, "Firsts and last firsts: Carroll schools welcome students back to class," 3 Sep. 2019 Say goodbye to pie and lollipops, because Google’s mobile platform is going on a diet. Wired, "Google Gives up Sweets: New OS Is Just Called Android 10," 22 Aug. 2019 Say goodbye to the days of getting hit with a wave at the beach and losing your brows to the elements. Allure, "Rihanna Just Revealed Fenty Beauty’s First-Ever Brow Product, and the Color Range Is Huge," 20 Aug. 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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