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), 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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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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