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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-doo, uh-dyoo; French a-dyœ]
    • /əˈdu, əˈdyu; French aˈdyœ/
    • /əˈdjuː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-doo, uh-dyoo; French a-dyœ]
    • /əˈdu, əˈdyu; French aˈdyœ/

Definitions of adieu word

  • convention adieu Adieu means the same as goodbye. 3
  • sentence substitute adieu goodbye; farewell 3
  • noun plural adieu the act of leaving or departing; farewell. 1
  • noun adieu A goodbye. 1
  • noun adieu goodbye 1
  • noun adieu A farewell, a goodbye; especially a fond farewell, or a lasting or permanent farewell. 0

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Origin of adieu

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to a (< Latin ad to) + dieu (< Latin deus god)

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Parts of speech for Adieu


adieu popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adieu

noun adieu

  • farewellCape, a cape in S Greenland: most southerly point of Greenland.
  • goodbye — a farewell.
  • valediction — an act of bidding farewell or taking leave.
  • parting — a portion or division of a whole that is separate or distinct; piece, fragment, fraction, or section; constituent: the rear part of the house; to glue the two parts together.
  • leave-taking — a saying farewell; a parting or goodbye; departure: His leave-taking was brief.

interjection adieu

  • bye-bye — goodbye
  • au revoir — goodbye
  • auf wiedersehen — goodbye, until we see each other again
  • ciao — Some people say 'Ciao' as an informal way of saying goodbye to someone who they expect to see again soon.

Antonyms for adieu

noun adieu

  • greeting — the act or words of a person who greets.
  • hello — hello, world

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