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Used to express farewell.

[Japanese sayonara, sayōnara, alteration of sayō naraba, if be thus (said to indicate that the time for departure has come) : sayō, thus (sa, that + , appearance, from Middle Chinese jiang`; also the source of Mandarin yang`) + naraba, if it be.]


a Japanese farewell


(ˌsaɪ əˈnɑr ə)

interj., n.
[1870–75; < Japanese]


A Japanese word meaning farewell.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sayonara - a farewell remarksayonara - a farewell remark; "they said their good-byes"
farewell, word of farewell - an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting
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