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Princeton's WordNet

  1. farewell, word of farewellnoun

    an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting

  2. farewell, leave, leave-taking, partingnoun

    the act of departing politely

    "he disliked long farewells"; "he took his leave"; "parting is such sweet sorrow"


  1. farewellnoun

    A wish of happiness or welfare at parting, especially a permanent departure; the parting compliment; a goodbye; adieu.

  2. farewellnoun

    An act of departure; leave-taking; a last look at, or reference to something.

  3. farewellverb

    To bid farewell or say goodbye

  4. farewelladjective

    parting, valedictory, final

  5. farewellinterjection


    He said "Farewell!" and left.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Farewelladverb

    This word is originally the imperative of the verb fare well, or fare you well; sis felix, abi in bonam rem; or bene sit tibi; but in time use familiarised it to an adverb, and it is used both by those who go and those who are left.

    But farewell, king; sith thus thou wilt appear,
    Freedom lives hence, and banishment is here. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Farewell, master Silence: I will not use many words with you; fare you well, gentlemen, both. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Whether we shall meet again, I know not,
    Therefore our everlasting farewell take;
    For ever, and for ever, farewell, Cassius. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    Be not amazed, call all your senses to you; defend your reputation, or bid farewell to your good life for ever. William Shakespeare.

    An iron slumber shuts my swimming eyes;
    And now farewell, involv’d in shades of night,
    For ever I am ravish’d from thy sight. John Dryden, Virg. Geo.

    Farewell, says he; the parting sound scarce fell
    From his faint lips, but she replied farewell. Dryden.

    O queen, farewell! be still possest
    Of dear remembrance, blessing still and blest! Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    Farewell the year which threaten’d so
    The fairest light the world can show. Edmund Waller.

    Treading the path to nobler ends,
    A long farewell to love I gave;
    Resolv’d my country and my friends
    All that remain’d of me should have. Edmund Waller.

  2. Farewellnoun

    See how the morning opes her golden gates,
    And takes her farewell of the glorious sun. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    If chance the radiant sun, with farewell sweet,
    Extend his ev’ning beam, the fields revive,
    The birds their notes renew, and bleating herds
    Attest their joy, that hill and valley ring. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    As in this grove I took my last farewell,
    As on this very spot of earth I fell. Dryden.

    Before I take my farewell of this subject, I shall advise the author for the future to speak his meaning more plainly. Addis.

    Several ingenious writers, who have taken their leave of the publick in farewell papers, will not give over so, but intend to appear again; though perhaps under another form, and with a different title. Spectator, №. 445.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Farewell

    go well; good-by; adieu; -- originally applied to a person departing, but by custom now applied both to those who depart and those who remain. It is often separated by the pronoun; as, fare you well; and is sometimes used as an expression of separation only; as, farewell the year; farewell, ye sweet groves; that is, I bid you farewell

  2. Farewellnoun

    a wish of happiness or welfare at parting; the parting compliment; a good-by; adieu

  3. Farewellnoun

    act of departure; leave-taking; a last look at, or reference to something

  4. Farewelladjective

    parting; valedictory; final; as, a farewell discourse; his farewell bow

  5. Etymology: [Fare (thou, you) + well.]



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Editors Contribution

  1. farewell

    a good bye word

    Our juniors gave us a grand farewell.

    Submitted by anonymous on April 16, 2019  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Farewell is ranked #44576 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Farewell surname appeared 482 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Farewell.

    79.6% or 384 total occurrences were White.
    14.9% or 72 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of farewell in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of farewell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of farewell in a Sentence

  1. Charlotte Knobloch:

    Every contemporary witness who passes away is a loss, but the farewell of David Dushman is particularly painful, david Dushman was one of the last who could tell about this event from David Dushman own experience.

  2. Connick Jr.:

    I think everybody thinks that( ‘ American Idol ’ will come back,) i think they said that. That’s why they called it the ‘ Farewell Season ’ not the final season. I would think at some point … it was still getting 12 million viewers so I would bring it back, wouldn't you ?

  3. Josh Olson:

    We've been at this longer than I think anyone anticipated, but we're glad that we'll soon complete the mission and get back to normal operations, our focus now is on finishing strong, bidding our guests farewell, and completing the mission.

  4. William Shakespeare, Sonnet lxxxvii:

    Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing.

  5. Thor Halvorssen:

    El Sexto has become a prominent target of the Cuban regime because his graffiti art is one of the elite’s most feared methods of protest as it exposes their true nature, el Sexto’s art unmasks the tyranny in ways white papers and press accounts cannot. Now that Castro will receive a pompous farewell, the regime will take measures to silence all voices for democracy and to drown out calls for reform.

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