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 Say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one. J.d. Crowe |, al, 1 Jan. 2022 Say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022 with some freebies and deals. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2022 The area’s first snowfall of the 2020-21 winter season happened Nov. 24, 2020 — 113 days prior — so almost four months later some people were ready to say goodbye to the fluffy stuff. Kori Rumore,, 31 Dec. 2021 The parents called their families and asked them to make the 2 1/2-hour drive from Laredo to Corpus Christi to say goodbye, a recommendation from the hospital’s medical staff. Maya Miller, ProPublica, 30 Dec. 2021 There are so many morons for Suze and JB to say goodbye to that Dupontel often seems to be taking random potshots at easy targets rather than shining a satirical spotlight on a particular social injustice. Mark Keizer, Variety, 24 Dec. 2021 Here’s what Taco Bell said back in September, in tandem with the menu revamp that led it to say goodbye to the Mexican Pizza. Andy Meek, BGR, 23 Dec. 2021 Fans don't have to say goodbye to the Game of Thrones franchise just yet. Dory Jackson,, 23 Dec. 2021 Doctors would have to whisk babies away for care instead of allowing mothers to hold and say goodbye to their infants when medical intervention would be futile. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 22 Dec. 2021

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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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5 Jan 2022

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“Goodbye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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