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or good-bye

[goo d-bahy]
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  1. farewell (a conventional expression used at parting).
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noun, plural good·byes.
  1. a farewell.
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Origin of goodbye

First recorded in 1565–75; contraction of God be with ye
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Related Words for good-bye

division, adieu, rift, breakup, breaking, divergence, departure, partition, break, detachment, going, farewell, split, valediction, crossroads, rupture, severance, leave-taking, bisection, split-up

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Contemporary Examples of good-bye

Historical Examples of good-bye

  • When she got out of the car, she bade him good-night and good-bye.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • They would have a holiday together, and then they would say good-bye.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Will you tell him, Dr. Edwardes, when he is conscious, that I came in and said good-bye?


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Good-bye, Sir; I hope soon to have the pleasure of seeing you again.

  • So they said good-bye to Katy and rolled past Eileen's room on the way to the desert.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

British Dictionary definitions for good-bye


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  1. farewell: a conventional expression used at leave-taking or parting with people and at the loss or rejection of things or ideas
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  1. a leave-taking; partingthey prolonged their goodbyes for a few more minutes
  2. a farewellthey said goodbyes to each other
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Word Origin for goodbye

C16: contraction of God be with ye
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Word Origin and History for good-bye

also goodbye, good bye, good-by, 1590s, from godbwye (1570s), itself a contraction of God be with ye (late 14c.), influenced by good day, good evening, etc.

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