- (informal, often humorous, especially used when referring to Japan) goodbye, adieu
sayonara (plural sayonaras)
- An utterance of sayonara, the wishing of farewell to someone.
- 1999, Hell to Pay, →ISBN, page 19:
- After a simply marvelous, entertaining two and a half hour meal, they reclaimed their shoes and ceremoniously bid their sayonaras to the Japanese girls.
- Rōmaji transcription of
From the Japanese さようなら (sayōnara) or さよなら (sayonara, “goodbye”), maybe by analogy with getas, the Japanese wooden clogs. Cognate with Greek σαγιονάρα (sagionára). This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.
sayonara f (plural sayonaras)