Meaning of sayonara in English:

sayonara

Pronunciation /ˌsʌɪəˈnɑːrə/

exclamation

informal US
  • Goodbye.

    • ‘the beautiful Diana was twenty-one when she said sayonara’
    • ‘They fulfilled their obligations to the record company and said sayonara.’
    • ‘Still, you can't help wondering - are you two saying sayonara two weeks from now, or could he really be your long-term lucky guy?’
    • ‘Happily, you can also say sayonara to your teeny bikini in favor of a more form-forgiving baggy sweater as you eat your way toward winter.’
    • ‘On July 6, the Finnish Ambassador and his wife hosted a reception on their home to say sayonara.’
    • ‘As much as it hurt to say sayonara to someone I truly adore, I know it was the right thing for both of us.’
    • ‘His goal: to open up new living and working space downtown that will give current residents new options and lure suburban salarymen eager to say sayonara to long hours on the train.’
    • ‘You'll feel weak and fuzzy-headed, and you can say sayonara to continuing your spinning session - or your marathon.’
    • ‘Some experts believe that saying sayonara is the only way to deal with a boss like Lisa's.’
    • ‘The occasion was to celebrate the 103rd Anniversary of Philippines Independence and to say sayonara to many of the friends they made during their two and a half years in Japan.’
    • ‘But so far she has not been tempted to cash in on her celebrity status - even though her salary is a fraction of what she could earn if she said sayonara to the shop-girl life.’
    • ‘I really would have liked to say sayonara to this nice couple.’
    • ‘But, as a matter of fact, they cannot say sayonara to boats once and for all.’
    • ‘If a new commission fails to bring order to the buccaneering world of tuna fishing, say sayonara to tuna sushi.’
    • ‘The mid-day event also gave Josef and Ivana the opportunity to say sayonara to many of their friends.’
    • ‘Leonard and Margaret are back in Canada now and, as I was traveling, I missed their big sayonara.’
    • ‘Saying sayonara to your moustache can do wonders for image transformation.’
    • ‘Saying sayonara to unproductive worry means you'll be less anxious and depressed; plus you'll sleep better and may even have fewer headaches and digestive problems.’
    • ‘The evening of ‘singing and snacks’ was a sayonara for Kay.’
    • ‘My biggest regret the last few weeks was not being in Tokyo for the sayonara for Ecuadorean Ambassador.’
    • ‘Featuring original members, the group will be making, as the tour title suggests, its sayonara visit to Japan.’
    farewell, adieu

Origin

Japanese, short for sayō naraba, literally ‘if it be thus’.