good·​bye | \ gu̇d-ˈbī, 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

Examples of goodbye in a Sentence

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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 Fred Andrews finally becomes a character on this show again for long enough to show up and also share a poignant goodbye with Archie. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale's Winter Finale Finally Solves the Gargoyle King Mystery," 13 Dec. 2018 The goodbyes include a few longtime favorites, along with Capitol Hill newcomers By the Pound and Petite Galette. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "The 8 latest Seattle-area restaurant closures — including Madrona’s beloved St. Clouds," 28 Nov. 2018 Duff has officially said goodbye to her signature warm, beachy ombre look and debuted a brand new, icy platinum blonde shade all over. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff Swapped Her Ombré Hair for a Kylie Jenner-esque Platinum Blonde Makeover," 27 Nov. 2018 Maeve shares a goodbye with her daughter, and then tries to stop the onslaught of murderous hosts with her mind control, but ultimately falls. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Westworld' season finale recap: Nothing will ever be the same," 24 June 2018 As a thank-you and a goodbye and a good luck and a have a nice life. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The First World," 21 June 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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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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