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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 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.

  • And at Gustav's nod Roger made his adieux and went home to bed.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • There were no adieux to make, for Annette declined to see him.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • Therefore her adieux and thanks to Mr. Gwynne were somewhat abrupt.

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • Then Murray and Helen made their adieux, and all went away together.

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • She left them together for a moment while she made her adieux to her hostess.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Making their adieux together, they sought their hats and coats.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • Well, I shall see you again, for I shall come on purpose to make my adieux.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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