adieu

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

Definition of adieu

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

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Examples of adieu in a Sentence

we bid our adieus and were off
Recent Examples on the Web Bajema's departure will be felt by a program that has already bid adieu to rising juniors David DeJulius and Colin Castleton, who previously entered the transfer portal. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball guard Cole Bajema enters name in NCAA transfer portal," 6 May 2020 And indeed, after the world's unhappiest retiree bid adieu, pyrotechnics blew a hole in the pilot's canopy. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "French Fighter Jet Joy Ride Goes Très, Très Wrong," 13 Apr. 2020 This Is Us fans will soon have to bid adieu to their Tuesday nights with the Pearson family until the fall. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'This Is Us' Season 4 Finale Sounds Insane Based on These Juicy Details," 11 Mar. 2020 Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon: The Bolts have bid adieu to Philip Rivers and could certainly target a free agent passer (Tom Brady?) in order to stabilize what's arguably a Super Bowl-caliber roster. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2020: Several players rise in first round after combine," 3 Mar. 2020 The program bid adieu to three mainstays at linebacker — Jordan Glasgow, Josh Uche and Khaleke Hudson. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Why Charlie Strong says Michigan football's new linebackers coach is a 'great fit'," 18 Jan. 2020 While departing from Warsaw, Poland, to head to Berlin, Charlotte bid adieu to the Polish dignitaries who lined up to see the family off. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Charlotte Shows Off Her Picture-Perfect Curtsy to the Queen on Christmas," 26 Dec. 2019 Finally, in honor of summer's arrival we power rank bodies of water and bid adieu for break. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Bengals Beat Podcast: Minicamp wrap; strengths and weaknesses," 15 June 2018 Netflix has officially announced its latest batch of departures leaving the platform come August 2019, and as per usual, get ready to bid adieu to some beloved favorites. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Departures August 2019," 24 July 2019

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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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14 May 2020

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“Adieu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adieu. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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adieu

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English Language Learners Definition of adieu

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

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