Definition of farewell in English:



  • Used to express good wishes on parting.

    ‘Farewell Albert!’
    goodbye, so long, adieu
    check you
    au revoir
    auf wiedersehen
    bye, bye-bye, cheerio, see you, see you later, cheers, toodle-oo, toodle-pip
    later, laters
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  • 1An act of parting or of marking someone's departure.

    ‘the dinner had been arranged as a farewell’
    • ‘All of his last day was given over to a farewell party with a buffet lunch, presentations and speeches.’
    • ‘All items are for sale and would make fantastic wedding or farewell gifts.’
    • ‘One idea is to launch a farewell party, like we do for adults when they leave.’
    • ‘And before I go, I will hand the two of you a farewell gift.’
    • ‘But after struggling to recruit new members, they have decided to disband, and performed for the last time at a farewell party on Tuesday.’
    • ‘In Chapter 4, the derivation of George Washington's farewell address is traced.’
    • ‘Of course, that's the anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech.’
    • ‘At a funeral home in Chengdu, a farewell ceremony is being held.’
    • ‘I won't do a farewell tour, I won't be a part of that.’
    • ‘Before disbanding, the decision was made to play a handful of farewell concerts.’
    • ‘They expressed their gratitude to the Glenhest Community and friends who had organised the farewell party.’
    • ‘She hosts a grand farewell dinner party before she moves out, which is a great success.’
    • ‘Then why did so many military officials accompany the general on his farewell tour?’
    • ‘His teaching colleagues and students have arranged a special farewell party for him this Friday.’
    • ‘Tonight I also went to have another farewell dinner with two of my friends.’
    • ‘In his televised farewell speech, he said he was proudest of two accomplishments.’
    • ‘He also gave one of the most moving farewell speeches I'd ever heard.’
    • ‘Rumours have abounded that he has already held a farewell drinks party for his staff.’
    • ‘His well wishes triggered a round of farewell remarks from other pod members.’
    • ‘She was going to give a farewell concert but she no longer played solo.’
    departure, leaving, withdrawal, retirement, going, decamping, retreat, pull-out, evacuation
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Parting good wishes.
      ‘he had come on the pretext of bidding her farewell’
      • ‘We exchanged farewells and soon Ethan and I were on the road again.’
      • ‘For many, saying farewell to those left behind on land is the hardest part.’
      • ‘You'd think it would be like saying farewell to an old friend.’
      • ‘Without saying a word, the couple bade a fond farewell to their deceased friends and family.’
      • ‘If anybody sees her, she can bid her popularity a bittersweet farewell.’
      • ‘Kilmaine parish bade a fond farewell to its most senior resident in recent weeks.’
      • ‘The cabbie whistled at the smaller amount and waved farewell to the woman.’
      • ‘The Queen said a tearful farewell to her younger sister, who was cremated.’
      • ‘Vincent nodded a farewell as she left, and he instinctively locked the door behind her.’
      • ‘The whole family was at the pier to bid us fond farewell, making us promise that we would come to visit them again.’
      • ‘I hailed a cab and waved a farewell to Benny as I got in.’
      • ‘Bidding farewell, I unfurled the umbrella, and walked out into the rain.’
      • ‘Of course, this is no fond farewell as Lynn strolls off into the sunset.’
      • ‘She bade a final farewell to Giovanni, but he simply smiled.’
      • ‘Parents and staff have said a tearful farewell to a children's nursery that has closed after 25 years.’
      • ‘Littleborough bade a sad farewell to one of its own on Thursday.’
      • ‘The man waved farewell to them as the vehicle took off to the palace.’
      • ‘In mutual respect they exchanged farewells and went their separate ways, lost deep in their thoughts.’
      • ‘No, giving up drinking was my way of saying farewell to my youth.’
      • ‘Sakura gave her thanks and the both of them exchanged their farewells and separated into their classes.’
      valediction, goodbye, adieu
      leave-taking, parting, departure, departing, going away
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[WITH OBJECT]Australian, NZ
  • Mark the departure or retirement of (someone) with a ceremony or party.

    • ‘Morgan farewelled his parents, and dove in the crowd.’
    • ‘As her colleagues farewelled her, the suggestions for the future ranged ranged from a career in politics to her own mini-series.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today is also a day to think of those who did return; those many who farewelled dead comrades, and who came home from battle to try to take up ‘normal’ lives.’
    • ‘This week was taken up with insane amounts of work and also farewelling a colleague who's off to work in Qatar, the lucky thing.’
    • ‘We farewelled her and walked the dirt tracks to her home.’
    • ‘They are luxurious but, importantly, designed to allow High Commissioners and Ambassadors to slip away quickly to golf courses or tennis courts after farewelling a Minister or VIP.’
    • ‘The mother's abandonment of the stance of a nostalgic exile is signified by her farewelling her parents at their graveside in Cantonese; she had greeted them on her arrival in Japanese.’
    • ‘There was hardly a dry eye in the cemetery as we farewelled a friend and relative.’
    • ‘And I've farewelled Sarah and Jodie who are in the South of France at the moment, I think, with hopes of staying in touch.’
    • ‘His colleagues farewelled him at a dinner and paid tribute.’
    • ‘Matt, Kate and Bree were at the house farewelling her.’
    • ‘I farewelled my Scandinavian companions, and departed on a Kodiak boat with the Americans Judy, Hank and Cody.’
    • ‘At 10:30 pm, we farewelled the folks, and backed out of the paddock, onto the network of roads leading to the border.’
    • ‘Mounting the intellectual case after we've farewelled our troops is disgraceful.’
    • ‘At the age of 11 she was farewelled by her mother and sent to England, as the Nazis had already begun to round up Jews.’
    • ‘He is a member of the Council who remembers the way he was farewelled in Cairo.’
    • ‘Today we see our soldiers being farewelled and welcomed at airports and docks and we also see their upset spouses and their confused children.’
    • ‘Only a little more than a week ago, she had been farewelling her grandmother at the train station.’
    • ‘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 well.