Definition of farewell in English:

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Pronunciation: /fɛːˈwɛl/


Used to express good wishes on parting: Farewell Albert!
goodbye, so long, adieu;
Australian/New Zealand  hooray;
South African  check you;
French au revoir;
Italian ciao;
German auf Wiedersehen;
Spanish adios;
Japanese sayonara;
Latin vale
informal bye, bye-bye, cheerio, see you, see you later, cheers, toodle-oo, toodle-pip
British informal ta-ta
North American informal later, laters


1An act of parting or of marking someone’s departure: the dinner had been arranged as a farewell
More example sentences
  • His teaching colleagues and students have arranged a special farewell party for him this Friday.
  • One idea is to launch a farewell party, like we do for adults when they leave.
  • But after struggling to recruit new members, they have decided to disband, and performed for the last time at a farewell party on Tuesday.
1.1 [mass noun] Parting good wishes: he had come on the pretext of bidding her farewell
More example sentences
  • Of course, this is no fond farewell as Lynn strolls off into the sunset.
  • The whole family was at the pier to bid us fond farewell, making us promise that we would come to visit them again.
  • Vincent nodded a farewell as she left, and he instinctively locked the door behind her.
valediction, goodbye, adieu;
leave-taking, parting, departure, departing, going away;


[with object] Australian /NZ
Mark the departure or retirement of (someone) with a ceremony or party.
Example sentences
  • I farewelled my Scandinavian companions, and departed on a Kodiak boat with the Americans Judy, Hank and Cody.
  • We drove past it again on Saturday when we farewelled little Harry, David's grandson, and Sally, flying home to Sydney and Colin, after a two week interlude in the Alice.
  • Like the facts surrounding the crash, they are hauntingly familiar to Hastings teenagers who farewelled four mates weeks earlier, only 2km away.


Late Middle English: from the imperative of fare + the adverb well1.

Words that rhyme with farewell

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