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 interjectionally Sayonara 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

Examples of sayonara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Ciara Just Debuted Icy Blue Hair for Winter," 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, "Jonathan Van Ness Just Got a Lob Haircut, and I'm in Love," 9 Aug. 2020 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

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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 13 May. 2021.

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