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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 adieux
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  • They had gone about six miles from the Fort when she reined in and waited for the others to come up, then made her adieux.

    The Shadow of Victory Myrtle Reed
  • They made their adieux, and the schoolmaster, opening his door, peered out.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • If I do not see the ladies, for I believe they are out walking, will you make my excuses and my adieux?

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • I 'm off to Oughter-ard, having made my adieux at Cro' Martin.

  • He took his leave, moving lightly to the door, almost grotesque in his elaborate evolutions and adieux.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • There were no adieux to make, for Annette declined to see him.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • "I come to make my adieux," he whispered, with a glance towards the door.

    The Vanished Messenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Therefore her adieux and thanks to Mr. Gwynne were somewhat abrupt.

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • One of these interviews occurred after his final evening adieux to the Cardross family and to Hamil.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • Then Murray and Helen made their adieux, and all went away together.

    We Ten Lyda Farrington Kraus
British Dictionary definitions for adieux


/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 adieux


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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