or good-bye

[goo d-bahy]
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noun, plural good·byes.
  1. 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. 2018

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

Word Origin for goodbye

C16: contraction of God be with ye
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