[ uh-doo, uh-dyoo; French a-dyœ ]
/ əˈdu, əˈdyu; French aˈdyœ /
noun, plural a·dieus, a·dieux [uh-dooz, uh-dyooz; French a-dyœ]. /əˈduz, əˈdyuz; French aˈdyœ/. the act of leaving or departing; farewell.
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Origin of adieu
First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Middle French, equivalent to a (from Latin ad “to”) + dieu (from Latin deus “god”)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adieuà deux, adieu , ado
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How to use adieu in a sentence
He made his adieux; but almost before the door had closed behind him Evie had risen from her hassock.
Then Murray and Helen made their adieux, and all went away together.
When the time came for Thinkright to make his adieux she clung to him.
Then he made his adieux, but returned before he had shut the door after him.
British Dictionary definitions for adieu
/ (əˈdjuː, French adjø) /
sentence substitute, noun plural adieus or adieux (əˈdjuːz, French adjø)
Word Origin for adieu
C14: from Old French, from a to + dieu God
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