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[uh-doo, uh-dyoo; French a-dyœ] /əˈdu, əˈdyu; French aˈdyœ/
goodbye; farewell.
noun, plural adieus, adieux
[uh-dooz, uh-dyooz; French a-dyœ] /əˈduz, əˈdyuz; French aˈdyœ/ (Show IPA)
the act of leaving or departing; farewell.
Origin of adieu
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to a (< Latin ad to) + dieu (< Latin deus god)
Can be confused
à deux, adieu, ado (see synonym study at ado) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adieu
  • The senators danced and bounced around, some rejoicing in a victory over gambling, some bidding adieu to the insect invaders.
  • If they still feel the same way about each other, they will bid adieu to their fiancees and start their affair anew.
  • The cattle adieu has been years in the planning, but now it is time.
  • We relented one morning, and against our better judgment opened the coop door and bid them adieu.
  • At some point, we'll finally bid adieu to our beloved stacks and shelves of tree-ware.
  • You, and all those lovely little patisseries along the avenues will go adieu.
  • Being thus disengaged, he bid adieu to his friends and country at twenty-four years of age.
  • She waved him an adieu from the window, and stood there for a moment looking out after he was gone.
  • We bade adieu to the stirring life of camp and field to return once more to the peaceful monotony of rural life.
British Dictionary definitions for adieu


/əˈdjuː; French adjø/
sentence substitute, noun (pl) adieus, adieux (əˈdjuːz; French) (adjø)
goodbye; farewell
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from a to + dieu God
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Word Origin and History for adieu

late 14c., adewe, from French adieu, from phrase a dieu (vous) commant "I commend (you) to God," from a "to" (see ad) + dieu "God," from Latin deum, accusative of deus "god," from PIE *deiwos (see Zeus). Originally said to the party left; farewell was to the party setting forth.

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