farewell

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English farewel, from fare wel!, an imperative expression, possibly further derived from Old English *far wel!, equivalent to fare (to fare, travel, journey) +‎ well. Compare Scots farewele, fairweill (farewell), Saterland Frisian Foarwäil (farewell), West Frisian farwol (farewell), East Frisian forwal[1], Dutch vaarwel (farewell (sadly)), Danish farvel (farewell), Norwegian farvel (farewell), Swedish farväl (farewell), Faroese farvæl (goodbye), Icelandic far vel (farewell). The extensive list of cognates suggests a postulated ultimate Proto-Germanic phrase of origin, possibly something akin to *far wela.

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Noun[edit]

farewell (plural farewells)

  1. A wish of happiness or safety at parting, especially a permanent departure
    Synonyms: goodbye, adieu
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in 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. A departure; the act of leaving

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Adjective[edit]

farewell (not comparable)

  1. Parting, valedictory, final.
    a farewell discourse;  the band's farewell tour
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter I, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803:
      “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”.
    • 1858, John Saunders, Westland Marston, The National Magazine (volume 3, page 133)
      But with the first gray light of dawn he arose; and before drawing the white sheet veilingly over, he took a last farewell look at that angel face.

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Interjection[edit]

farewell

  1. Goodbye.
    He said "Farewell!" and left.

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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.
    • 2009 February 9, Neil Wilson and staff writers, “Tributes for newsman Brian Naylor and wife, killed in fires”, in Herald Sun[1]:
      He farewelled viewers with a warm sign-off after each bulletin: "May your news be good news, and goodnight."

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  1. ^ Entry "forwal" from the East Frisian dictionary https://oostfraeisk.org/main.aspx?W=forwal&df=frs&fts=J