or good-bye

[ goo d-bahy ]
/ ˌgʊdˈbaɪ /


farewell (a conventional expression used at parting).

noun, plural good·byes.

a farewell.

Origin of goodbye

First recorded in 1565–75; contraction of God be with ye Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for goodbye


/ (ˌɡʊdˈbaɪ) /

sentence substitute

farewell: a conventional expression used at leave-taking or parting with people and at the loss or rejection of things or ideas


a leave-taking; partingthey prolonged their goodbyes for a few more minutes
a farewellthey said goodbyes to each other

Word Origin for goodbye

C16: contraction of God be with ye
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