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good-bye; farewell; the act of leaving: He bade his friends adieu.
Not to be confused with:
ado – bustle, fuss; flurry; confusion; turmoil; commotion: much ado about nothing
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Used to express farewell.
n. pl. a·dieus or a·dieux (ə-dyo͞oz′, ə-do͞oz′)
[Middle 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).]
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adieu(əˈdjuː; French adjø)
sentence substitute, n, pl adieus or adieux (əˈdjuːz; French adjø)
[C14: from Old French, from a to + dieu God]
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interj., n., pl. a•dieus, a•dieux.
[1325–75; < Middle French, literally, to God; compare adios]
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A French word for farewell. The literal meaning is (I commend you) to God.
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|Noun||1.||adieu - a farewell remark; "they said their good-byes"|
bye-bye, cheerio, good day, goodby, good-by, goodbye, good-bye, sayonara, so long, adios, arrivederci, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, bye
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A. EXCL → ¡adiós!
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n → Adieu nt, → Lebewohl nt (old); to say one’s adieus → Adieu or adieu sagen (old), → Abschied nehmen
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adieu[əˈdjuː] n → addio
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