ə-ˈdü How to pronounce adieu (audio)
plural adieus or adieux ə-ˈdüz How to pronounce adieu (audio)
: an expression of good wishes when someone leaves : goodbye
a heartfelt adieu
bid his teammates adieu
often used interjectionally
Adieu, my friends!

Examples of adieu in a Sentence

we bid our adieus and were off
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Adieu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural adieus or adieux -ˈd(y)üz How to pronounce adieu (audio)
: farewell entry 2 sense 1
often used interjectionally

Middle English adieu "farewell," from early French adieu (same meaning), from a Dieu, literally "(I commit you) to God," from Latin Deus "God" — related to adios, deity

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