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[sahy-uh-nahr-uh; Japanese sah-yaw-nah-rah] /ˌsaɪ əˈnɑr ə; Japanese ˈsɑ yɔˈnɑ rɑ/
interjection, noun
farewell; goodbye.
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
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  • Mechanically she bowed her farewell with the rest of the family, but she did not join their "sayonara."

    Little Sister Snow Frances Little
  • They call it sayonara, she added, in somewhat incorrect explanation of the tea.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • And then if I happened to love some native lady and say sayonara to you, how you would trouble your heart!

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."

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