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

  • n. A demonstration of affection and good wishes for the beginning of a new undertaking.
  • n. A farewell: gave our guests a hearty sendoff at the airport.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A party for a person (i.e. a fellow employee) who is leaving; a farewell party.
  • n. A party to recognize the passing (death) of a friend and allow survivors to reminisce about the person's life.


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  • The veteran right fielder got a fitting sendoff from the home fans in Game 5 as they chanted his name and saluted him with several banners. - The 2001 World Series from A to Z

  • If Thursday night was indeed O'Neill's Yankee Stadium farewell, he went quietly, but not without a tremendous sendoff from the 56,018 fans as the Yankees staged another incredible comeback, shocking Arizona 3-2 in 12 innings to move within a victory of their fourth World Series title in a row. - Yankees' 'warrior' has Bronx swan song

  • Even though this unit and their families have another, longer-term sendoff coming, some of the family members say it's important to be there every chance they have to say goodbye.

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  • (By comparison, some three-and-half years ago when Katie Couric said goodbye to the Today show, the sendoff was a ratings bonanza for NBC, easily winning the morning, and attracting some 8.4 million total viewers.)

    Diane Sawyer's Farewell and George Stephanopoulos' Debut on 'Good Morning America Fail to Top NBC's 'Today

  • On hand for the sendoff was a star-packed audience heavy on media celebs, with the likes of Katie Couric, Donald Trump, Tony Danza, Disney CEO Robert Iger, Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford and Diane Sawyer.

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  • Eddie Panlilio finally bid farewell to priesthood and his clerical ministries as he filed his certificate of candidacy Asian Games-bound Filipino athletes a passionate three-word sendoff storms that left over 1,100 people dead and 1.7 million AFTER rocketing into position as a strong third player in the TV industry, - Articles related to Arroyo for Congress is a comedy, tragedy -- Bro. Eddie

  • Rarely does a character in an ensemble drama get the kind of sendoff that Brian "Smash" Williams Gaius Charles was given as he heads off for Texas A&M, and it was easily the finest hour of TV I've seen in the past year or so.

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  • I mean, Summerville does have a very large high school, and there will be -- there are a lot of kids that feel the need to share in this process and express their grief and let him have the kind of sendoff that they know that he would have wanted.

    CNN Transcript Jun 22, 2007

  • Last weekend, about 150 people gathered in Mikee's hometown, Chestertown, Md., to give him the kind of sendoff I'm sure he would have appreciated - a boisterous yet poignant gathering with lots of good friends, delicious food and live music, created and shared by exceptionally talented people.

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  • "I feel very lucky because the vast majority of guys going over there don't get that kind of sendoff, and I wish they did," Sauls said.

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