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adieu

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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)

PronunciationEdit

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Usage notesEdit

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

InterjectionEdit

adieu

  1. Said to wish a fond farewell; goodbye.

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NounEdit

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 notesEdit

Particularly used in phrase bid adieu.

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TranslationsEdit

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French adieu (to God).

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

adieu

  1. farewell, adieu

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

adieu

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

NounEdit

adieu m (plural adieux)

  1. farewell

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OccitanEdit

InterjectionEdit

adieu

  1. hello
  2. goodbye