sa·​yo·​na·​ra ˌsī-ə-ˈnär-ə How to pronounce sayonara (audio)
plural sayonaras
: goodbye
Rather than a little party and sayonara, the school mounts a true graduation in the college's stately chapel.Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser
If your idea of a romantic evening is pizza and a DVD, it's time to step up your game before your sweetheart says sayonaraKnoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee)
Pick the best account for you and say sayonara to unwanted fees.Benedict Brook
sometimes used interjectionally
Sayonara baby, said Francis "Sonny" Bernardo as he grabbed his love potion, a change of underwear and hit the road …Kathleen Parker
Landlord wants to sell/renovate/move back in. Sayonara, tenants!Angie Maddison

Examples of sayonara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ready to say sayonara to sciatica pain and find sweet relief? Andi Breitowich, Women's Health, 16 Aug. 2023 Say sayonara to tough stains in clothes, furniture, and other fabrics without harsh chemicals. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2023 When the deadline passed at 5 p.m. Thursday, hundreds of Twitter staffers said sayonara to their new overlord, joining the other half of the company’s workforce that Musk laid off earlier this month. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022 Omitted from the sayonara was any celebration of the broader Fox News product. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 Two terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad opening weekends, and sayonara. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2021 Ciara officially said sayonara to her brown hair this weekend — and hello to a brand-new blue hue that lowkey reminds us of the ocean-esque shade Lady Gaga debuted this past August. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 15 Nov. 2020 This weekend, Jonathan Van Ness said sayonara to his long hair and a great big hello to the lob life. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 9 Aug. 2020 Basically, when Michelle moved in, her underwater pets came along, and Pando's pool table went sayonara. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 10 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History


Japanese sayōnara

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sayonara was in 1872

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“Sayonara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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