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bon voyage

[bon voi-ahzh; French bawn vwa-yazh] /ˌbɒn vɔɪˈɑʒ; French bɔ̃ vwaˈyaʒ/
(have a) pleasant trip.
Origin of bon voyage
1490-1500; < French: literally, good journey. See boon2, voyage Unabridged
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  • bon voyage, messieurs,' he said, as he brought them each a steaming cup of tea.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • There was no one to see them off or to wish them "bon voyage."

  • It happened that High Visibility had slightly the upper hand over his gloomy brother the day they bade me bon voyage.

    My Second Year of the War Frederick Palmer
  • The ruffian smiled at me as I passed, and wished me a bon voyage.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • “Good-bye, then—and bon voyage,” she said, extending her hand.

    In Her Own Right John Reed Scott
  • bon voyage, Messieurs.4 If you value your lives you will catch the first train for Paris.

    Vera Oscar Wilde
  • Fabiano wished us "bon voyage" for the sixth time in the chilly dawn, and we embarked.

  • Well, good luck to you, Pres. Write to me from Honolulu, and bon voyage.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Hanny and Josie Dean went down to see the state-room and wish them bon voyage.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • She left at nine o'clock for her boarding-school; I wished her bon voyage.

British Dictionary definitions for bon voyage

bon voyage

/French bɔ̃ vwajaʒ/
sentence substitute
a phrase used to wish a traveller a pleasant journey
Word Origin
French, literally: good journey
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bon voyage

1670s, French, "pleasant journey," from bon "good," (see bon) + voyage (see voyage (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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