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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 + yō, appearance, from Middle Chinese jiang`; also the source of Mandarin yang`) + naraba, if it be.]
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a Japanese farewell
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sa•yo•na•ra(ˌsaɪ əˈnɑr ə)
[1870–75; < Japanese]
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A Japanese word meaning farewell.
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|Noun||1.||sayonara - a farewell remark; "they said their good-byes"|
bye-bye, cheerio, good day, goodby, good-by, goodbye, good-bye, so long, adieu, adios, arrivederci, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, bye
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