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bon voyage

[bon voi-ahzh; French bawn vwa-yazh] /ˌbɒn vɔɪˈɑʒ; French bɔ̃ vwaˈyaʒ/
interjection
1.
(have a) pleasant trip.
Origin of bon voyage
1490-1500
1490-1500; < French: literally, good journey. See boon2, voyage
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Examples from the Web for bon voyage
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  • You'll miss that train, Sophronia, if you don't,—bon voyage!

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • There was no one to see them off or to wish them "bon voyage."

  • The ruffian smiled at me as I passed, and wished me a bon voyage.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • “Good-bye, then—and bon voyage,” she said, extending her hand.

    In Her Own Right

    John Reed Scott
  • bon voyage, Messieurs.4 If you value your lives you will catch the first train for Paris.

    Vera Oscar Wilde
  • Well, good luck to you, Pres. Write to me from Honolulu, and bon voyage.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • She left at nine o'clock for her boarding-school; I wished her bon voyage.

  • "Let us all drink to his bon voyage," said the captain, filling my glass.

    Rutledge Miriam Coles Harris
  • "Oh, I only wanted to wish you bon voyage" she assured him amiably.

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
  • His friends attended, to wish him bon voyage and a safe return.

British Dictionary definitions for bon voyage

bon voyage

/French bɔ̃ vwajaʒ/
sentence substitute
1.
a phrase used to wish a traveller a pleasant journey
Word Origin
French, literally: good journey
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Word Origin and History for bon voyage

1670s, French, "pleasant journey," from bon "good," (see bon) + voyage (see voyage (n.)).

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