adieu

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English adieu also adew, adewe, adue, from Old French adieu (to God), a shortening of a Dieu vous comant (I commend you to God), from Latin ad (to) + deus (God)

Pronunciation[edit]

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Usage notes[edit]

Although the above pronunciations are usually used in American and RP English, neither is the correct pronunciation in French.

Interjection[edit]

adieu

  1. Said to wish a fond farewell; goodbye.

Synonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

adieu (plural adieux or adieus)

  1. A farewell, a goodbye; especially a fond farewell, or a lasting or permanent farewell.
    We bid our final adieus to our family, then boarded the ship, bound for America.

Usage notes[edit]

Particularly used in phrase bid adieu.

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French adieu (to God).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aː.diˈøː/, /aːˈdjøː/
  • (file)

Interjection[edit]

adieu

  1. farewell, adieu

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French a Dieu vos comant (I commend you to God)

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

adieu

  1. farewell, adieu
  2. (Southern France) hello

Noun[edit]

adieu m (plural adieux)

  1. farewell

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Occitan[edit]

Interjection[edit]

adieu

  1. hello
  2. goodbye