[ uh-doo, uh-dyoo; French a-dyœ ]
See synonyms for: adieuadieusadieux on

  1. goodbye; farewell.

noun,plural a·dieus, a·dieux [uh-dooz, uh-dyooz; French a-dyœ]. /əˈduz, əˈdyuz; French aˈdyœ/.
  1. the act of leaving or departing; farewell.

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 adieu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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.

    We Ten | Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • When the time came for Thinkright to make his adieux she clung to him.

    The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham
  • Then he made his adieux, but returned before he had shut the door after him.

    An Old Man's Love | Anthony Trollope
  • The moments had grown a little difficult and Thomasina took advantage of his coming to make her adieux.

    Basil Everman | Elsie Singmaster

British Dictionary definitions for adieu


/ (əˈdjuː, French adjø) /

sentence substitute, nounplural adieus or adieux (əˈdjuːz, French adjø)
  1. goodbye; farewell

Origin of adieu

C14: from Old French, from a to + dieu God

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