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FA'REWELL, a compound of fare, in the imperative, and well. Go well; originally applied to a person departing, but by custom now applied both to those who depart and those who remain. It expresses a kind wish, a wish of happiness to those who leave or those who are left.

The verb and adverb are often separated by the pronoun; fare you well; I wish you a happy departure; may you be well in your absence.

It is sometimes an expression of separation only. farewell the year; farewell ye sweet groves; that is, I take my leave of you.


1. A wish of happiness or welfare at parting; the parting compliment; adieu.

2. Leave; act of departure.

And takes her farewell of the glorious sun.

Before I take my farewell of the subject.