The Alternative English Dictionary: adieu

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adieu {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English adieu also adew, adewe, adue, from Old French adieu, a shortening of a Dieu vous comant, from Latin ad + deus pronunciation
  • (US) /əˈdu/, /əˈdju/
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  • (UK) /æˈdjuː/
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{{rfp}} {{rfap}} {{rfap}} Although the above pronunciations are usually used in American and RP English, neither is the standard pronunciation in French.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Said to wish a final farewell; goodbye.
    • 1599, , , BEATRICE. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true? Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much? Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu! No glory lives behind the back of such.
Synonyms: addio, adios, aloha, arrivederci, auf Wiedersehen, au revoir, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, cheers, ciao, farewell, good-by, good-bye, goodbye, good day, sayonara, shalom, so long
noun: {{en-noun}}
  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.
Particularly used in phrase bid adieu.

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