Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Good-bye.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A contraction of God be with you. Similar to the French adieu, which is à Dieu (I commend you to God).   1
   Some object to the substitution of “God” in this phrase, reminding us of our common phrases good day, good night, good morning, good evening; “Good be with ye” would mean may you fare well, or good abide [with you]   2



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