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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.


  1. Farewell

    Farewell, also known as "Fare Thee Well", is a song by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Dylan wrote the song in January 1963. He considered it for his third album, The Times They Are a-Changin', but only attempted a few takes during the album's first studio session. Dylan's earlier recordings of "Farewell" found their way onto various bootlegs, and a collection of demos that included the song was released in October 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 – The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964. Over the years, "Farewell" has been recorded by about 20 other musicians worldwide, including Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Lonnie Donegan, Dion, and Tony Rice.


  1. farewell

    Farewell is a parting expression used to bid goodbye to someone or something, often with feelings of sadness or well-wishing. It is a gesture of saying goodbye, often accompanied by words, actions, or ceremonies, to acknowledge the end of a relationship, event, or period of time. Farewells can occur in personal, professional, or social contexts.

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.]



    Farewell is Tomiko Van's first original studio album under the Avex Trax label. The album was released on March 29, 2006 with no singles released before it.

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. Viktor Orban:

    We are bidding farewell to the greatest Hungarian film producer. Hasta la vista, Andy! Thank You for everything, my Friend!

  2. Wajid Fazal:

    About 40 Hindu brothers were at my house until we bid farewell to my niece in the night, i will never forget this favor.

  3. Thorsten J. Pattberg:

    Of all the cultures that have disappeared from the world, not a single farewell letter or suicide note has been unearthed.

  4. Brad Richardson:

    A young woman that was there with him, as she was bidding him farewell, slipped a few apple seeds from her dessert into his jacket pocket, and suggested that he plant those when he reached the Northwest.

  5. Naomi Aoki:

    For me, he was the most respected politician in Japan. I want to say the last farewell and I was off work today. He has made a great impact on my life, i don't think his death will be for nothing. People all over the world will feel the impact of what he achieved in his life.

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