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[sahy-uh-nahr-uh; Japanese sah-yaw-nah-rah] /ˌsaɪ əˈnɑr ə; Japanese ˈsɑ yɔˈnɑ rɑ/
interjection, noun
farewell; good-bye.
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for sayonara
  • To say sayonara to the unpredictable floods that have engulfed corner offices.
  • So bid farewell to fatigue, sayonara to smoking and aweigh to unwanted weight gain.
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
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