Definitions for goodbye

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word goodbye

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adieu, adios, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, au revoir, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, good-by, goodby, good-bye, goodbye, good day, sayonara, so long(noun)

    a farewell remark

    "they said their good-byes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. goodbye(interjection)ˌʊdbˈaɪ

    used when sb is leaving or ending a telephone conversation; = bye

    Goodbye! See you tomorrow.

  2. goodbye(noun)ˌʊdbˈaɪ

    an act of leaving or ending a phone conversation

    a long goodbye; We said goodbye and hung up.

  3. goodbyeˌʊdbˈaɪ

    indicates a group of people say goodbye

    There were tears as we said our goodbyes.


  1. goodbye(Noun)

    An utterance of goodbye, the wishing of farewell to someone.

    John gave Rebecca a goodbye to wish her luck on her holiday.

  2. goodbye(Interjection)

    farewell; a formula used to another person or persons when the speaker or writer or person addressed is departing.

  3. Origin: From earlier Godby, Godby'e, Godbwye, God b'w'y, God bwy yee, God buy you, God be wi' you: each a progressively shorter contraction of , with change of God to good by confusion with good morning, good day, etc.


  1. Goodbye

    "Goodbye" is a song by the Spice Girls, later included on their third studio album, Forever. It was released by Virgin Records on 14 December 1998 as a Christmas single, along with a previously unreleased song, "Christmas Wrapping". The song was written by the Spice Girls, Richard Stannard, and Matt Rowe, and is the group's first song without the vocals of Geri Halliwell.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'goodbye' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4069

Translations for goodbye

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an expression used when leaving someone

Goodbye; – it was good of you to visit us; sad goodbyes.

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