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  1. goodby; may you fare well: Farewell, and may we meet again in happier times.
  1. an expression of good wishes at parting: They made their farewells and left.
  2. leave-taking; departure: a fond farewell.
  3. a party given to a person who is about to embark on a long journey, retire, leave an organization, etc.
  1. parting; valedictory; final: a farewell performance.

Origin of farewell

First recorded in 1325–75, farewell is from the Middle English word farwel. See fare, well1


  1. Cape, a cape in S Greenland: most southerly point of Greenland.
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  1. goodbye; adieu
  1. a parting salutation
  2. an act of departure; leave-taking
  3. (modifier) expressing leave-takinga farewell speech
verb (tr)
  1. Australian and NZ to honour (a person) at his departure, retirement, etc
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Word Origin and History for farewell


late 14c., from Middle English faren wel, verbal phrase attested by c.1200 (see fare (v.) + well (adv.)); usually said to the departing person, who replied with good-bye. As a noun, by early 15c.

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