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[ad-ee-ohs, ah-dee-; Spanish ah-th yaws] /ˌæd iˈoʊs, ˌɑ di-; Spanish ɑˈðyɔs/
goodbye; farewell.
Origin of adios
1830-40, Americanism; < Spanish: literally, to God; cf. adieu Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "adios, amiga mia," she said, her eyes innocently turning from the Señora Simpson to scan stealthily the northern slope.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • adios, señores, adios; I do not think we shall ever meet again.

    Under the Chilian Flag Harry Collingwood
  • He had observed the waving of that white kerchief; and as he stood by the stand he had seen to whom the “adios” was addressed.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • If you will excuse us, therefore, we will bid you adios and go forthwith.

    Harry Escombe Harry Collingwood
  • He remained for quite a while observing the performance intently and then got up and said, "adios!"

    Little Pills, An Army Story Robert Henderson McKay
  • I could hear the voice, sad and sweet in the distance, calling back, “adios!”

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • "adios, Señor," said the man politely, and Ned repeated his "adios" in the same tone.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The adios was soon said, and I started for the street again.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • His riders saluted me as their old chief in passing, calling, "Buenas dias seor, adios!"

    Curly Roger Pocock
  • After Florence had translated this message, the two girls called, “adios!”

    The Mystery of Carlitos Helen Randolph
British Dictionary definitions for adios


/ˌædɪˈɒs; Spanish aˈðjos/
sentence substitute
goodbye; farewell
Word Origin
literally: to God
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adios

1837, American English, from Spanish adios, from phrase a dios vos acomiendo "I commend you to God" (see adieu).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Asian Dust Input to the Oceanic System
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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