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Dictionary Definition

farewell

Noun

1 an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting [syn: word of farewell]
2 the act of departing politely; "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow" [syn: leave, leave-taking, parting]

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Pronunciation

Etymology

faren wel (fare)

Noun

  1. A wish of happiness or welfare at parting, especially a permanent departure; the parting compliment; a good-bye; adieu.
  2. An act of departure; leave-taking; a last look at, or reference to something.

Translations

A wish of happiness at parting
An act of departure

Adjective

  1. parting; valedictory; final;
    • a farewell discourse
    • his farewell bow

Translations

parting, valedictory, final

Interjection

farewell

Translations

Good-bye

French

Interjection

  1. adieu (farewell)

Extensive Definition

Farewell is a wish of happiness or welfare at parting, especially a permanent departure, and it may also refer to:
In other uses:
  • Farewells (Polish: Pożegnania), a 1958 film directed by Wojciech Has
  • "A Farewell", a prose poem by Patti Smith from her book Woolgathering
  • The code-name of the KGB defector Vladimir Vetrov

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Godspeed, adieu, aloha, by, bye-bye, conge, departing, departure, doch-an-dorrach, final, good-bye, last, leave, leave-taking, leaving, outward-bound, parting, parting words, send-off, so long, stirrup cup, valediction, valedictorian, valedictory, valedictory address, viaticum
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