[ad-ee-ohs, ah-dee-; Spanish ah-th yaws]


goodbye; farewell.

Origin of adios

1830–40, Americanism; < Spanish: literally, to God; cf. adieu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for adios

Historical Examples of adios

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for adios


sentence substitute

goodbye; farewell

Word Origin for adios

literally: to God
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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