[send-awf, -of]


a demonstration of good wishes for a person setting out on a trip, career, or other venture: They gave him a rousing send-off at the pier.
a start given to a person or thing.

Origin of send-off

1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase send off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for send-off

adieu, farewell, goodbye, Godspeed, adios, bye-bye, cheerio, send-off

Examples from the Web for send-off

Contemporary Examples of send-off

Historical Examples of send-off

  • She smiled tenderly at the send-off, but "Addio, Annina, addio!"

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • "Maybe he will give us a send-off to the coach," suggested Tom.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • The three regiments in garrison sent their bands to help our send-off.

    A Soldier's Life

    Edwin G. Rundle

  • All they know is that the newspapers have given your other story a send-off.

    Old Ebenezer

    Opie Read

  • "Still there's a different kind of a send-off to her, I was going to say," said Elmer.

Word Origin and History for send-off

"a farewell" (especially a funeral), 1872, from verbal phrase (attested by 1660s), from send (v.) + off (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper