A woman waves adieu.
Saying goodbye and leaving is an example of adieu.
nounpl. adieus′ or adieux′
Origin of adieuMiddle English from Old French a dieu, to God (I commend you) from Classical Latin ad, to + Deum, accusative of Deus, God; current use chiefly from modern French
nounpl. a·dieus, or a·dieux
Origin of adieuMiddle English from Old French a dieu (I commend you) to God a to ( from Latin ad ; see ad- . ) Dieu God ( from Latin deus ; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.)
Although the above pronunciations are usually used in American and RP English, neither is the correct pronunciation in French.
- Said to wish a fond farewell; goodbye.
(plural adieux or adieus)
Particularly used in phrase bid adieu.