Adieu meaning

ə-dyo͝o, ə-do͝o
A farewell.
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Said to wish a fond farewell; goodbye.
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The definition of adieu is a French word used to wish someone well when you are leaving.

Saying goodbye and leaving is an example of adieu.

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Used to express farewell.
interjection
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Goodbye; farewell.
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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.

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Origin of adieu

  • Middle English from Old French a dieu (I commend you) to God a to (from Latin ad ad–) Dieu God (from Latin deus dyeu- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)

    From Wiktionary