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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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  • There were other partings than his; but at last the adieus were over, and all save Csar went back upon the quay.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • And in little more than a month they were gone; adieus and preparations and all were over.

    The Wide, Wide World Susan Warner
  • Dont indulge in adieus just here and now, Harold, but come with us to Woodburn.

    Elsie and Her Loved Ones Martha Finley
  • They made their adieus and passed on down the shaded avenue on foot.

    Stubble George Looms
  • The children make their adieus, Tommy reserving Dicky Browne for a last fond embrace.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • Mr. Wickham's adieus were much more affectionate than his wife's.

    Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
  • Mr. Jelnik made his adieus, Boris offering each of us a polite paw.

    A Woman Named Smith Marie Conway Oemler
  • Look at these two 'adieus'—the one in the letter and this; they are the same—precisely the same.

  • She at once made her adieus to the company and hastened away as fast as she could.

    The Tales of Mother Goose Charles Perrault
British Dictionary definitions for adieus


/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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adieus


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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