• (RP) IPA: /fɛəˈwɛl/
  • (GA) IPA: /fɛɹˈwɛl/

farewell (plural farewells)

  1. A wish of happiness or safety at parting, especially a permanent departure
    Synonyms: goodbye, adieu
  2. A departure; the act of leaving
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      See how the morning opes her golden gates, And takes her farewell of the glorious sun.
    • September 14, 1710, Joseph Addison, The Examiner No. 1
      Before I take my farewell of the subject.
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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.
  • Portuguese: de despedida
  • Russian: проща́льный
  1. Goodbye.
    He said "Farewell!" and left.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      So farewell hope, and with hope, farewell fear.

farewell (farewells, present participle farewelling; past and past participle farewelled)

  1. To bid farewell or say goodbye.

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