\ 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
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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Adieu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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