part·​ing | \ ˈpär-tiŋ How to pronounce parting (audio) \

Definition of parting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place or point where a division or separation occurs
parting of the ways
1 : a point of separation or divergence
2 : a place or time at which a choice must be made



Definition of parting (Entry 2 of 2)

: given, taken, or done at parting a parting kiss

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Synonyms for parting

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of parting in a Sentence

Noun I feared the morning, for I knew that our parting would be difficult. On parting, he took my hand and promised to return. “Good-night, good-night! Parting is such sweet sorrow…” — Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet the parting of the Red Sea Adjective His parting words to me were “Be patient.” As her parting shot, she said that the other candidate simply did not understand the needs of the city's citizens.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Not everyone can just do wash-and-go’s before an event — for some of us, wash day is an all-day routine that includes stretching, blow drying, parting, and twisting with a mixture of oils and creams dripping down our hands. Sydney Clarke,, "It’s Deeper Than The Bonnet: The Ever-Present Expectations Of Virtual Professionalism," 7 Jan. 2021 The measure, which could affect corporate giants like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Baidu Inc., serves as another parting shot at Beijing before Trump leaves office in January. Jordan Fabian,, "Trump Signs Bill That Could Remove Chinese Stocks From U.S.," 18 Dec. 2020 Since last month, the Trump administration has bestowed several last-minute parting gifts to Israel. Washington Post, "Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard arrives in Israel in latest Trump parting gift," 30 Dec. 2020 As a parting tip, McAlhany has a marvelous idea for storing one of the winter holiday season's sentimental but often tossable items: holiday cards. Star Tribune, "How to pack away holiday decorations," 25 Dec. 2020 My older brother saw me off, leaving me with a parting thought. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Drilling for Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Two Perspectives from Alaskan Outdoorsmen," 21 Dec. 2020 If Costello’s anguish at fascism translates all too directly to the present day, his parting question hasn’t lost any of its power over the past 40 years. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Why a 41-Year-Old Record About Fascism Matters Now," 30 Nov. 2020 One of them should rescue Harbaugh and his alma mater from an embarrassing public parting of ways. J. Brady Mccollough Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Michigan shouldn’t give Jim Harbaugh a pandemic pardon," 28 Nov. 2020 The lob was styled in a centre parting with face-framing waves. Sarah Midkiff,, "J.Lo Showed Off A Blonde Wavy Lob At The AMAs," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of parting


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1562, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parting was in the 15th century

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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Parting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a time or occurrence when people leave each other
: the act of separating something into two or more parts
British : the line where a person's hair is separated



English Language Learners Definition of parting (Entry 2 of 2)

: given, taken, or done when leaving someone


part·​ing | \ ˈpär-tiŋ How to pronounce parting (audio) \

Kids Definition of parting

: an act of leaving someone Our parting was a sad occasion.

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