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sayonara

[ sahy-uh-nahr-uh; Japanese sah-yaw-nah-rah ]
/ ˌsaɪ əˈnɑr ə; Japanese ˈsɑ yɔˈnɑ rɑ /
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interjection, noun
farewell; goodbye.
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Origin of sayonara

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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