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farewell

[fair-wel] /ˌfɛərˈwɛl/
interjection
1.
goodby; may you fare well:
Farewell, and may we meet again in happier times.
noun
2.
an expression of good wishes at parting:
They made their farewells and left.
3.
leave-taking; departure:
a fond farewell.
4.
a party given to a person who is about to embark on a long journey, retire, leave an organization, etc.
adjective
5.
parting; valedictory; final:
a farewell performance.
Origin of farewell
1325-1375
First recorded in 1325-75, farewell is from the Middle English word farwel. See fare, well1

Farewell

[fair-wel] /ˌfɛərˈwɛl/
noun
1.
Cape, a cape in S Greenland: most southerly point of Greenland.
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Examples from the Web for farewell
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  • I am bound for my quarters, I came but to thank you for your goodness to me, and to bid you farewell.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I write only to bid you farewell, the spell is removed; I see you as you are.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • So farewell, Katy, we're due to burst into high society tonight.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • And, unfortunately, it was not time yet to bid the creature "farewell."

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • farewell to the dismal, blood-red phantom of martial renown!

British Dictionary definitions for farewell

farewell

/ˌfɛəˈwɛl/
sentence substitute
1.
goodbye; adieu
noun
2.
a parting salutation
3.
an act of departure; leave-taking
4.
(modifier) expressing leave-taking: a farewell speech
verb (transitive)
5.
(Austral & NZ) to honour (a person) at his departure, retirement, etc
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Word Origin and History for farewell
interj.

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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