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[goo d-bahy] /ˌgʊdˈbaɪ/
farewell (a conventional expression used at parting).
noun, plural goodbyes.
a farewell.
Origin of goodbye
1565-75; contraction of God be with ye Unabridged
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  • The girl was not permitted to bid me good-bye when they left Grass Valley.

  • Will you tell him, Dr. Edwardes, when he is conscious, that I came in and said good-bye?

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • His father had given it to him in the hospital where Dickie was taken to say good-bye to him.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • good-bye, Sir; I hope soon to have the pleasure of seeing you again.

  • After talking to them a little he bade them good-bye, and they rode away.

    The Red Book of Heroes Leonora Blanche Lang
British Dictionary definitions for good-bye


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farewell: a conventional expression used at leave-taking or parting with people and at the loss or rejection of things or ideas
a leave-taking; parting: they prolonged their goodbyes for a few more minutes
a farewell: they said goodbyes to each other
Word Origin
C16: contraction of God be with ye
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Word Origin and History for good-bye

also goodbye, good bye, good-by, 1590s, from godbwye (1570s), itself a contraction of God be with ye (late 14c.), influenced by good day, good evening, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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