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 The basketball team said goodbye to those seniors with an emotional video. Giana Han, al, "What you need to know about Auburn sports amid virus shutdown," 16 Mar. 2020 Last week, The Masked Singer had to say goodbye to Tom Bergeron, who had been secretly performing as Taco. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Robin Thicke May Have Accidentally Spoiled 'The Masked Singer' With His Recent Banana Tweet," 10 Mar. 2020 Kiss goodbye to shaking hands People are finding alternative ways to greet each other at a time when direct contact is being frowned upon. NBC News, "10 ways the coronavirus is making people change their daily lives," 6 Mar. 2020 At the station, the girls were loaded into passenger cars without even the chance to kiss their parents goodbye. National Geographic, "The first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz brought 999 young women. This is their story.," 14 Jan. 2020 Understand your limits, but on the other hand, kiss 2019 goodbye with friends and family., "Horoscope - The Boston Globe," 30 Dec. 2019 Read on for the best makeup bags of all time, according to them, and get ready to kiss your plastic bags goodbye. Glamour, "The Best Makeup Bags, According to Women Who Travel 24/7," 14 Nov. 2019 After confessing her love to Galavis, the controversial star turned her down and Crawley delivered a memorable goodbye. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "It's official! 38-year-old Clare Crawley is the next 'Bachelorette'," 2 Mar. 2020 News of their departures comes after season four started with a goodbye to Fred Andrews. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Stars Marisol Nichols and Skeet Ulrich Are Leaving the Show After Season 4," 24 Feb. 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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19 Mar 2020

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“Goodbye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 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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