riddance

noun rid·dance \ ˈri-dᵊn(t)s \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of riddance

1 : an act of ridding
2 : deliverance, relief often used in the phrase good riddance especially to express relief that someone or something has gone

Examples of riddance in a Sentence

  1. the riddance of all the fleas from the house was a relief to everyone concerned

Recent Examples of riddance from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'riddance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of riddance

1524

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up riddance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

good-natured ridicule

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!