Definition of adieu in English:


Syllabification: a·dieu
Pronunciation: /əˈd(y)o͞o, äˈdyœ
chiefly • literary


  • another term for goodbye.
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    • I shall return presently with trans-Tasman tales of fun, frolics and fermented beverages… adieu!
    • If sight and shape be true, why then, my love adieu!
    • In other words, it's impossible to adapt anymore, so adieu.

noun (plural adieus or adieux)

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  • A goodbye: he whispered a fond adieu they bade us all adieu
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    • Also on the 23rd, oddball underground rapper NerdX will bid his adieus and release his latest recording at the Carpenter's Union Hall in Kensington.
    • Connie, Larry and I bid our adieus and took an an early evening bar hop down Christopher Street, which included smart drinks at The Monster, Stonewall, The Hangar and Ty's.
    • What better a way to spend a cold winter night than in front of the computer with a bottle of Scotch and box of Kleenex writing gushing adieus to those you love?
    goodbye, farewell, until we meet again; bye-bye, bye, cheers, ciao, au revoir, adios, sayonara, so long, ta-ta, cheerio, toodle-oo


late Middle English: from Old French, from à 'to' + Dieu 'God'; compare with adios.

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