good·​bye gu̇d-ˈbī How to pronounce goodbye (audio)
variants or good-bye or less commonly goodby or good-by
: a concluding remark or gesture at parting
often used interjectionally
: a taking of leave
a tearful goodbye

Examples of goodbye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jameela’s caretakers acknowledge that saying goodbye is hard, but it’s always been their goal that she be raised by gorillas. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 Mar. 2024 Saying goodbye is death by a thousand cuts, but luckily, the Eras Tour film is forever. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 13 Mar. 2024 Feel free to compost it or even flush it down the toilet for a final goodbye ceremony! Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 Dubbed The Over and Out Tour, the shows will take place across North America this fall, beginning on August 24 in Palm Desert, California and lasting on through to October 25 when the band will conclude their goodbye run in Los Angeles. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 18 Mar. 2024 The end came with the help of a counselor who facilitated our goodbye. Cathleen Calkins, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 The Philadelphia Eagles center, 36, announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, taking a minute to thank his family of five, including wife Kylie, 31, in his lengthy goodbye speech. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 4 Mar. 2024 Try creating a goodbye ritual to soothe both of you and prepare your baby for the separation. Karen Horsch, Parents, 1 Mar. 2024 Pam and Michael have a final goodbye that viewers saw but couldn't hear. Erin Strecker,, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History


alteration of God be with you

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of goodbye was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Goodbye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or good-by
: a concluding remark at parting
often used interjectionally

a shortened and altered form of God be with you

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