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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The East Bay said goodbye to former Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher on Thursday, with friends, family and colleagues from California and Washington remembering her as a model for public service. John Wildermuth,, "Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher recalled as dedicated public servant and good friend," 6 June 2019 Enlistees said goodbye to friends and relatives before being trucked out to Fort Snelling. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "75 years ago, St. Paulites greeted D-Day with ‘grim mindfulness of its cost’," 6 June 2019 Auburn said goodbye to Rod Bramblett, the Voice of the Tigers, and his wife Paula on Thursday during a memorial service at Auburn Arena. Carol Robinson |,, "Teen told Auburn police he fell asleep before wreck that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett," 6 June 2019 Philly could soon say goodbye to the Frankford Chocolate Factory in South Philadelphia. Ray Boyd,, "Summer Arts Guide; Philly World War II veteran finally gets justice | Morning Newsletter," 5 June 2019 Cincinnati finally said goodbye to Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons at the helm and brought in first-year head coach/play-caller Zac Taylor from the Rams. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Pitching coach Derek Johnson is the Cincinnati Reds' best acquisition," 4 June 2019 Fan-favorite Pauley Perrette, who played Abby Sciuto since the very beginning, said goodbye to the show. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Wait, What Does 'NCIS' Stand For?," 30 May 2019 Today, Rihanna’s luxury clothing line Fenty is now shoppable online, so say goodbye to all your coins. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Debut Fenty Collection Was Inspired by the ‘Black Is Beautiful’ Movement," 29 May 2019 After 16 seasons, one of The Voice's OG coaches is officially saying goodbye to the hit show. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Adam Levine Is Leaving The Voice—and Gwen Stefani's Replacing Him," 24 May 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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