\ə-ˈdü, a-, -ˈdyü\
plural adieus or adieux\-ˈdüz, -ˈdyüz \

Definition of adieu 

: farewell a heartfelt adieu bid his teammates adieu often used interjectionally Adieu, my friends!

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Synonyms & Antonyms for adieu


au revoir, bon voyage, farewell, Godspeed, good-bye (or good-by)



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Examples of adieu in a Sentence

we bid our adieus and were off

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And bid adieu to rom-com classics like Breakfast at Tiffany's and A Cinderella Story — luckily, Netflix has been adding more and more of its original rom-coms like The Kissing Booth and Set It Up. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Departures July 2018," 20 June 2018 Ellen Pompeo bid adieu to two of her costars, Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew, on Instagram Thursday after the two made their final Grey’s Anatomy for the appearances. Alexia Fernandez,, "Ellen Pompeo Bids Farewell to Grey's Anatomy Costars Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw," 19 Apr. 2018 Not sure how to properly bid adieu to the kind of guy who dreamed, while drinking beer in college, of stripping America’s most vulnerable of their healthcare. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Paul Ryan Stepping Down Is the Only Good Thing He’s Done for Women," 11 Apr. 2018 This offseason, the Tide bid adieu to Minkah Fitzpatrick, Levi Wallace, Anthony Averett, Tony Brown, Hootie Jones and Ronnie Harrison. Rainer Sabin,, "Five storylines to watch during Alabama spring drills," 19 Mar. 2018 Wayne State’s Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is bidding an early adieu to winter this weekend with its 89th annual SPRING DANCE CONCERT. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Autorama, 'Big Lebowski' party, Mosaic Singers and 'Paw Patrol Live!'," 28 Feb. 2018 The drag performers at Royal Oak’s Five15 have packed up their trunks and bid adieu to their longtime home at 515 S. Washington Ave. for a new abode across the street (at 600 S. Washington Ave.). Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: STOMP, Irish dance show, Drag Queen Bingo, bad-boy comics," 14 Mar. 2018 Get ready to bid adieu to Mean Girls, E.T., Forrest Gump, Miss Congeniality (yes, both of them) and Pulp Fiction, as well as numerous seasons of Law & Order: SVU and Futurama. Ernest Macias,, "What's Leaving Netflix in January," 13 Dec. 2017 One million fans gathered on the Champs-Élysées to bid adieu to their national hero, his coffin flanked by an escort of 500 full-throated Harley-Davidsons. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "French rock star played on American persona," 11 Dec. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of adieu

: an expression of good wishes when someone leaves

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