さようなら

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Japanese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (sa, that) +‎ よう (, like, similar to) +‎ なら (nara, if), the hypothetical form of copula (da, am, is, are). Literally, "if that's the way it is".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sa.jo.oꜜ.na.ɽa/, [sä˨.jo̞ː˦.nä˨.ɽä˨]
  • (file)

Interjection[edit]

さようなら (romaji sayōnara)

  1. (formal and final) a farewell greeting: farewell, adieu, goodbye

Usage notes[edit]

This term has strong connotations of finality, so this is not used when departing a place such as one's home, unless one intends not to return in the foreseeable future.

Synonyms[edit]

Use of these terms depends on the situation.

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