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


au revoir, ave, bon voyage, congé (also congee), 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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For the next four hours, a stream of people, as varied as Dr. John’s music, arrived to pay their respects and bid adieu to the beloved musician, who died in the early hours of June 6 from a heart attack at age 77. Hanna Krueger,, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 In response to the series finale airing tonight (Sunday, May 19), stars from the eight-season HBO fantasy hit are sharing heartwarming posts on social media to bid adieu to their onscreen personas and thank their fellow members of the cast and crew. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Stars React to the Series Finale with Tear-Jerking Posts on Social Media," 19 May 2019 Plus, what better way to bid adieu to the show season than by flexing in some futuristic Vuitton kicks? Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Kelela Ends Her Fashion Month on a Dramatic Note," 3 Oct. 2018 Clarke is set to bid adieu to Daenerys Targaryen when Game of Thrones' eighth and final season gets underway next year. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding Are Set to Star in Your Dream Christmas Rom-Com," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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

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

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