さようなら

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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”.

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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.

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Use of these terms depends on the situation.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9