goodbye

noun
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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Here, Clarke tells BAZAAR.com about repping Dolce & Gabbana’s new scent, saying goodbye to Khaleesi, and promoting gender equality. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "For Emilia Clarke, Ending Game of Thrones Was "the Metaphorical Undoing of the Bra"," 12 Mar. 2019 As the fashion community said goodbye to Chanel’s legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, his muses united on the runway for his final show. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Penélope Cruz Leads a Parade of Chanel Muses in an Emotional Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld," 5 Mar. 2019 MacGyver has officially said goodbye to Jack Dalton. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'MacGyver' Fans Threaten They're 'Done with the Show' After George Eads's Emotional Exit," 4 Feb. 2019 The striker left Cardiff after signing his deal and returned to Nantes to collect his belongings and say goodbye to teammates and staff of the French topflight club. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Man leading search for Sala’s plane says wreckage found," 4 Feb. 2019 It's been two years since the cast and fans of The Vampire Diaries said goodbye to Mystic Falls and Elena Gilbert. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Nina Dobrev Defends Her Friendship with Ex Ian Somerhalder and Reveals What She Really Thinks About "The Vampire Diaries" Finale," 17 Jan. 2019 Say goodbye to straws and hello to reusable packaging. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Health Food Trends to Be on the Lookout for in 2019," 11 Dec. 2018 Fans are still recovering after Pauley Perrette exited the CBS show last year, and now there are rumors that season 16 might hold another goodbye for a member of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is Another 'NCIS' Character Leaving the Show?," 6 Nov. 2018 One last goodbye and thanks There was more cause for reflection at this year's race since this was the first since the death of Dr. Don Panoz. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Petit Le Mans: More proof we’re in a golden age for sportscar racing," 18 Oct. 2018

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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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More Definitions for goodbye

goodbye

noun

English Language Learners Definition of goodbye

: a remark or gesture made when someone is leaving
: a time or occasion when someone leaves

good-bye

interjection
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

good-bye

noun
variants: or good-by

Kids Definition of good-bye (Entry 2 of 2)

: a remark made when someone is leaving

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