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. Compare Scots farewele, fairweill(farewell), Saterland Frisian Foarwäil(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, 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. 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

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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.
    • 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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