farewell

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English farewel, from fare wel!, an imperative expression, equivalent to fare (to fare, travel, journey) +‎ well. Cognate with Scots farewele, fairweill (farewell), West Frisian farwol (farewell), Dutch vaarwel (farewell), Danish farvel (farewell), Norwegian farvel (farewell), Swedish farväl (farewell), Faroese farvæl (farewell), Icelandic far vel (farewell).

Noun[edit]

farewell (plural farewells)

  1. A wish of happiness or welfare at parting, especially a permanent departure; the parting compliment; a goodbye; adieu.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The departure was not unduly prolonged. [] Within the door Mrs. Spoker hastily imparted to Mrs. Love a few final sentiments on the subject of Divine Intention in the disposition of buckets; farewells and last commiserations; a deep, guttural instigation to the horse; and the wheels of the waggonette crunched heavily away into obscurity.
  2. An act of departure; leave-taking; a last look at, or reference to something.

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Adjective[edit]

farewell (not comparable)

  1. Parting, valedictory, final.
    a farewell discourse;  the band's farewell tour
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, chapter 1, Zollenstein:
      “I'm through with all pawn-games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.

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Interjection[edit]

farewell

  1. goodbye
    He said "Farewell!" and left.
    • Milton
      So farewell hope, and with hope, farewell fear.

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Verb[edit]

farewell (third-person singular simple present farewells, present participle farewelling, simple past and past participle farewelled)

  1. To bid farewell or say goodbye

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