Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Goodbye.

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  • interj. goodbye, adieu

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a farewell remark

Etymologies

Japanese sayōnara : sayō, thus (sa, that + , appearance from Middle Chinese jiang) + nara, if it be, indeed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese さようなら (sayōnara, "goodbye") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • How our watery sacs constantly adjust valves to keep us one step shy of liquid or sicca again sayonara

    Shabbos

  • It's time to say "sayonara," and appoint someone with the people's interest at heart.

    Danny Schechter: Shakeup Needed: Time for Geithner to Go

  • And now that Simon is saying "sayonara" to "Idol," the big debate today was, who could replace him?

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • There are celebrations of historic feats -- for example, the "sayonara" home run (in the U.S., a "walk-off") that ended a game attended by the late Emperor Showa, known during his lifetime as Hirohito.

    Baseball Past, Baseball Future

  • The seamstress shrieked "sayonara" and pelted space with the peas.

    The Dragon Painter

  • 'Burgh, there's a report that Santonio may want to say "sayonara" to the Steel City.

    BallHype - Top Sports News, Videos, and Blogs

  • It's time to say "sayonara" to the Year of the Ox and make way for the Year of the Tiger.

    Broward-Palm Beach New Times | Complete Issue

  • Cablevision, the Bethpage, N. Y.-based cable operator, says it will only sell digital video services and say "sayonara" to analog television, so to speak.

    NewTeeVee

  • The transition was a little rocky, but after three months he's saying "sayonara" to Windows.

    Latest from Computerworld

  • There are two to go and the gap is slipping away for the break; Fumy says "sayonara" to his erstwhile honourable friends and makes a solo bid - it's doomed, of course, but Fumy has been listening when DS Rudi Kemna talks about "bravura!"

    PezCyclingNews.com

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  • Not to be confused with cyanide, which is, of course, goodbye in any language.

    September 17, 2007