goodbye

noun good·bye \ gu̇d-ˈbī , gə(d)- \
variants: or good-bye or less commonly goodby or good-by
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of goodbye

alteration of God be with you



GOODBYE Defined for Kids

1

good-bye

interjection
variants: or good-by \gu̇d-ˈbī\

Definition of good-bye for Students

used to express good wishes to someone who is leaving

2

good-bye

noun
variants: or good-by

Definition of good-bye for Students

: a remark made when someone is leaving


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