[ rid-ns ]
/ ˈrɪd ns /


the act or fact of clearing away or out, as anything undesirable.
relief or deliverance from something.

Nearby words

  1. rictal bristle,
  2. rictus,
  3. rid,
  4. rid of,
  5. ridable,
  6. ridden,
  7. riddle,
  8. riddled,
  9. ride,
  10. ride down


    good riddance, a welcome relief or deliverance from something: He's gone, and good riddance!

Origin of riddance

First recorded in 1525–35; rid1 + -ance

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British Dictionary definitions for riddance


/ (ˈrɪdəns) /


the act of getting rid of something undesirable or unpleasant; deliverance or removal (esp in the phrase good riddance)
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Word Origin and History for riddance



1530s, from rid + -ance. Good riddance, "a welcome relief from unpleasant company or an embarrassing connection" attested from 1650s (fair riddance in same sense from 1610s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with riddance


see good riddance.

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