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adieu

[uh-doo, uh-dyoo; French a-dyœ] /əˈdu, əˈdyu; French aˈdyœ/
interjection
1.
good-bye; farewell.
noun, plural adieus, adieux
[uh-dooz, uh-dyooz; French a-dyœ] /əˈduz, əˈdyuz; French aˈdyœ/ (Show IPA)
2.
the act of leaving or departing; farewell.
Origin
1325-1375
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)
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British Dictionary definitions for adieus

adieu

/əˈdjuː; French adjø/
sentence substitute, noun (pl) adieus, adieux (əˈdjuːz; French) (adjø)
1.
goodbye; farewell
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from a to + dieu God
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Word Origin and History for adieus
adieu
late 14c., from O.Fr. adieu, from phrase a dieu (vous) commant "I commend (you) to God," from a "to" (from L. ad) + dieu "God," from L. deum, acc. 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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