Definitions

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

  • interj. Used to express farewell and good wishes to a departing traveler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Used to wish someone a good journey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A parting salutation meaning, I wish you ‘a pleasant journey’ (or ‘voyage’ if by water).

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

  • n. an organized expression of goodwill at the start of a trip or new venture

Etymologies

French : bon, good + voyage, journey.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Whole phrase borrowed from French: bon ("good") + voyage ("journey"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    DAY OF DECEIT

  • 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.

    The Cat Who Moved A Mountain

  • 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.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

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