\ ə-ˈdü How to pronounce adieu (audio) , a-, -ˈdyü \
plural adieus or adieux\ ə-​ˈdüz How to pronounce adieu (audio) , a-​ , -​ˈdyüz \

Definition of adieu

: an expression of good wishes when someone leaves : goodbye a heartfelt adieu bid his teammates adieu often used interjectionally Adieu, my friends!

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Examples of adieu in a Sentence

we bid our adieus and were off
Recent Examples on the Web Over the weekend, France bid adieu to the 109-year-old cycling legend Robert Marchand, who set world records at age 100 and 105—that’s more than double a Mickelson. Jason Gay, WSJ, 24 May 2021 One bearing the word ByeDon supports President Joe Biden while simultaneously bidding adieu to his predecessor. Jocelyn Allison,, 20 May 2021 The next two episodes will feature Lindsay and Kufrin reminiscing about their favorite moments, while bidding adieu to Lindsay. Elizabeth Wagmeister,, 27 Apr. 2021 In a twist that absolutely no one suspected, Fox's The Resident bid adieu to one of its most beloved characters Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson) just as things were getting serious between her and AJ (Malcolm-Jamal Warner). Rosy Cordero,, 21 Apr. 2021 Bid adieu to stiff and painful sandals, blisters, and sore feet, and welcome to the world of ultimate laidback luxury. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2021 Mildred Bliss continued to shape the garden and additions to the institute until her death in 1969, but Farrand, who had plans to develop her own property in Bar Harbor as a place of landscape study, bid adieu to the garden in 1947. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 The Trencin Tower of Power will be on the job against the Bruins Thursday night, 99 days since abruptly bidding Boston adieu as a free agent, and paired most of the night with Nick Jensen as the Capitals’ top penalty-killing tandem., 7 Apr. 2021 Tsipis bid adieu to state coaches in a tweet Friday. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of adieu

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adieu

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French a deu, a dieu, literally, "to God"

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The first known use of adieu was in the 15th century

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27 May 2021

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“Adieu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adieu

formal + literary : an expression of good wishes when someone leaves

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