sa·​yo·​na·​ra | \ ˌsī-ə-ˈnär-ə How to pronounce sayonara (audio) , ˌsä-yə- \
plural sayonaras

Definition of sayonara

: 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 interjectionallySayonara baby, said Francis "Sonny" Bernardo as he grabbed his love potion, a change of underwear and hit the road …— Kathleen ParkerLandlord wants to sell/renovate/move back in. Sayonara, tenants!— Angie Maddison

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Recent Examples on the Web Basically, when Michelle moved in, her underwater pets came along, and Pando's pool table went sayonara. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Remodels the Downstairs of Former Flip or Flop Producer's Home," 10 Jan. 2020 Celebrate your Japanese journey with your friends, and bid sayonara to the land of the rising sun. National Geographic, "Japan Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 Saying sayonara to a future jersey retiree is never easy. Michael Shapiro,, "How Will the Raptors Pivot Following Kawhi Leonard’s Departure?," 17 July 2019 McDonald: My boldest NBA prediction: New Orleans will bid sayonara to DeMarcus Cousins. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: Predicting the NBA’s offseason, Becky Hammon’s future," 29 June 2018 In early May, Bayani unveiled her new menus at the Wicker Park restaurant and cocktail spot, focusing on fresh ingredients to say sayonara to winter and usher in the warmth of summer. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Rising Chicago chef on the city's best spots and bringing spring to Presidio," 7 June 2017 So say sayonara to the endless reps of crunches (although don't stop doing them altogether) and spend more time cooking up a healthy storm. CNN Underscored, "These best-selling kitchen gadgets will make healthy eating easier," 1 Nov. 2017 Happily Ever #Hashtagged, which launched in November, takes weight off engaged couples' shoulders by creating a unique hashtag specific to the lovebirds (sayonara, generic #Wedding). Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Can't Think Of Any Wedding Hashtag Ideas? You Can Hire Someone To Do That," 1 Dec. 2016 Alarm Clocks This would be my main reason for saying a permanent sayonara to #worklife, TBH. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "7 Things You Don't Miss About Corporate Life After You Leave," 16 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of sayonara

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sayonara

Japanese sayōnara

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“Sayonara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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