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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The royal goodbye will mark the end of their short visit. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears a Striped Martin Grant Dress for Her Second Day in Tonga," 25 Oct. 2018 That gut punch of a goodbye came during Monday night’s installment of The Bachelorette when Becca Kufrin sent home Wills Reid, the handsome, Harry Potter loving dork who nerded his way into America’s heart., "Can We Start The Wills Reid For Bachelor Campaign Right Now?," 10 July 2018 Never sneak out, but instead offer a cheerful goodbye that will help reassure your child – and maybe yourself. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Parent's survival guide to preschool," 10 July 2018 His long goodbye exposed tensions in the coalition, just as Mr Turnbull was trying to revive its fortunes ahead of an election due next year. The Economist, "Australia’s prime minister hopes a new deputy will restore stability," 27 Feb. 2018 Clearly, Shadowhunters fans are determined not to say goodbye to their fave show quite yet. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, ""Shadowhunters" Producer Says "Ongoing Discussions" About the Show's Future Are Happening With Freeform and Netflix," 12 July 2018 Real Madrid, Europe's most successful club, will have to find a way to reinvent itself after seeing one of soccer's greatest players say goodbye. Tales Azzoni,, "Real Madrid prepare for life without Ronaldo," 11 July 2018 It’s time to say goodbye to the younger me with everything ahead of her. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 An online petition calling on Starbucks to say goodbye to plastic straws has close to 150,000 signatures. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Starbucks to scrap plastic straws globally by 2020," 9 July 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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