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[ad-ee-ohs, ah-dee-; Spanish ah-th yaws] /ˌæd iˈoʊs, ˌɑ di-; Spanish ɑˈðyɔs/
goodbye; farewell.
Origin of adios
1830-40, Americanism; < Spanish: literally, to God; cf. adieu Unabridged
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  • If you will excuse us, therefore, we will bid you adios and go forthwith.

    Harry Escombe Harry Collingwood
  • adios, señores, adios; I do not think we shall ever meet again.

    Under the Chilian Flag Harry Collingwood
  • I could hear the voice, sad and sweet in the distance, calling back, “adios!”

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Now you will have to be quick if you wish to get your ticket; so adios, Señor!

    The Cruise of the Thetis Harry Collingwood
  • "adios," replied the sheriff as he kicked a nearby door for assistance.

    Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
  • A well too, there was, and before the genial Jefe had bade us "adios!"

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • The adios was soon said, and I started for the street again.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • "Then adios, Don Gregorio," said Evaa, shaking hands with the old gentleman.

    Ponce de Leon

    William Pilling
  • After Florence had translated this message, the two girls called, “adios!”

    The Mystery of Carlitos Helen Randolph
  • After a hasty “adios” to the family, the two hurried out of the cave.

    The Mystery of Carlitos Helen Randolph
British Dictionary definitions for adios


/ˌædɪˈɒs; Spanish aˈðjos/
sentence substitute
goodbye; farewell
Word Origin
literally: to God
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adios

1837, American English, from Spanish adios, from phrase a dios vos acomiendo "I commend you to God" (see adieu).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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