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 Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa seemed to have some good news for anyone who wasn't ready to say goodbye to the series and characters just yet. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Creator Hints the Series Might Come Back in New Instagram Post," 6 Jan. 2021 Say goodbye to refined sugar and flour except on rare occasions. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mediterranean diet named best diet for 2021," 5 Jan. 2021 Say goodbye to the new rule speeding environmental reviews on public works. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "What’s at Stake in Georgia," 1 Jan. 2021 My brothers, in North Carolina and Oklahoma, who had not seen her since 2019, could not come to say goodbye. John Leland, New York Times, "How the Oldest Old Can Endure Even This," 1 Jan. 2021 There will be plenty who will be only too happy to say goodbye to the grimness of 2020. Rich Barak, ajc, "Entertaining ‘Happy New Year’ memes floating around social media," 31 Dec. 2020 Pick your fighter, grab a bottle of heat protectant to ward off thermal damage, and say goodbye to your days of double-fisting a dryer with a brush forever. Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, "The Best Hair Dryer Brushes for a Perfect At-Home Blow-Out," 30 Dec. 2020 At sunset on the Epiphany, the day before the Sennas leave again for Milan, Shay walks over to say goodbye to Floristella. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020 Use a marker to write the value on cards with a remaining balance, and say goodbye to the rest. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "What To Get Rid Of Before The New Year Starts," 28 Dec. 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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Goodbye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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