[ sahy-uh-nahr-uh; Japanese sah-yaw-nah-rah ]
/ ˌsaɪ əˈnɑr ə; Japanese ˈsɑ yɔˈnɑ rɑ /

interjection, noun

farewell; goodbye.

Nearby words

  1. saye,
  2. sayers,
  3. sayers, dorothy leigh,
  4. sayest,
  5. saying,
  6. sayreville,
  7. says,
  8. says who?,
  9. sayst,
  10. sayville

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.) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for sayonara


"farewell, good-bye" 1875, from Japanese, literally "if it is to be that way," from sayo "that way," + nara "if."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper