[uh-doo, uh-dyoo; French a-dyœ]
- goodbye; farewell.
- 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)
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Examples from the Web for adieu
The shingle recently bid its co-founder and CEO James Schamus adieu, replacing him with FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel.With Charlie Hunnam Out, Who Will Play Christian Grey in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey?’
October 13, 2013
But, when Hal is busted for running a Madoff-esque Ponzi scheme, Augie gets wiped out, and Ginger bids him adieu.Andrew Dice Clay on ‘Blue Jasmine,’ His Alleged Misogyny, and More
July 25, 2013
As Sarah Palin prepares to bid Alaska adieu, liberals should hope that she runs for president in 2012.Run, Sarah, Run!
July 23, 2009
I advise as a friend, you see, rather than command as a mother—So adieu, my love.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Adieu, dearest of friends; may the next gouty attack be more favourable!Lady Susan
Return—but not to bid her adieu—return to be hers for ever, and only hers.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
I say, Frank, give Langley my love; don't wonder at it now, adieu!
Having got rid of my dear brother and his friends, I returned to make my adieu to my cousin.The Prisoner of Zenda
- goodbye; farewell
C14: from Old French, from a to + dieu God
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Word Origin and History for adieu
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