American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used to express farewell and good wishes to a departing traveler.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A parting salutation meaning, I wish you ‘a pleasant journey’ (or ‘voyage’ if by water).
- interj. Used to wish someone a good journey.
- n. an organized expression of goodwill at the start of a trip or new venture
- Whole phrase borrowed from French: bon ("good") + voyage ("journey"). (Wiktionary)
- French : bon, good + voyage, journey. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In April 1937, shortly after FDR issued the surveillance order, a “disguised” naval photographer, A. J. Carroll, created an international incident when he carried out the Roosevelt policy: Carroll in civilian clothes began photographing Japanese Consul-General Toyokichi Fukuma during a bon voyage send-off for the naval tanker HIMJS Hayatomo.”
“On Monday there was a bon voyage handshake from Arch Riker after Qwilleran promised to write a thousand words for the Moose County Something whenever a good subject presented itself.”
“On the day when, according to the ritual, the Alleluia was omitted from the liturgy, a top on which the word Alleluia was written was whipped out of church, to the singing of psalms, by the choirboys, who wished it bon voyage till Easter.”
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