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sayonara

[sahy-uh-nahr-uh; Japanese sah-yaw-nah-rah] /ˌsaɪ əˈnɑr ə; Japanese ˈsɑ yɔˈnɑ rɑ/
interjection, noun
1.
farewell; goodbye.
Origin of sayonara
1870-1875
1870-75; < Japanese sayō-nara, equivalent to sayō thus (sa that + yō, earlier yaũ < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yàng appearance) + nara if it be (ni essive particle + ara subjunctive stem of existential v.)
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  • They call it sayonara, she added, in somewhat incorrect explanation of the tea.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • And then if I happened to love some native lady and say sayonara to you, how you would trouble your heart!

  • Mechanically she bowed her farewell with the rest of the family, but she did not join their "sayonara."

    Little Sister Snow Frances Little
Word Origin and History for sayonara

"farewell, good-bye" 1875, from Japanese, literally "if it is to be that way," from sayo "that way," + nara "if."

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