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Definitions for Adieu
əˈdu, əˈdyuadieu

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adieu, adios, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, au revoir, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, good-by, goodby, good-bye, goodbye, good day, sayonara, so longnoun

    a farewell remark

    "they said their good-byes"


  1. adieunoun

    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.

  2. adieuinterjection

    Said to wish a fond farewell; good-bye.

  3. Etymology: From adieu also adew, adewe, adue, from adieu, a shortening of a Dieu vous comant, from ad + deus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Adieuadverb

    used elliptically for à Dieu je vous commende, used at the departure of friends. The form of parting, originally importing a commendation to the Divine care, but now used, in a popular sense, sometimes to things inanimate; farewell.

    Etymology: from à Dieu,

    Ne gave him leave to bid that aged fire
    Adieu, but nimbly ran her wonted course. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble lords; you restrained yourself within the list of too cold an adieu; be more expressive to them. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    While now I take my last adieu,
    Heave thou no sigh, nor shed a tear;
    Lest yet my half-clos’d eye may view
    On earth an object worth its care. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adieu

    good-by; farewell; an expression of kind wishes at parting

  2. Adieunoun

    a farewell; commendation to the care of God at parting

  3. Etymology: [OE. also adew, adewe, adue, F. dieu, fr. L. ad to + deus God.]


  1. Adieu

    "Adieu" was the Norwegian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1982, performed in Norwegian by Jahn Teigen and Anita Skorgan. The song is a ballad, with the duo taking the roles of lovers ending a relationship. They pledge to remain on good terms, even though they are no longer together. Skorgan and Teigen were married at the time they performed together, but divorced shortly thereafter. The song's lyrics was an experiment in which they tried to avoid Norwegian "hard words" like IKKE and BAKKE, to make the song more listenable to European ears. Hence the French title "Adieu". The song was performed third on the night, following Luxembourg's Svetlana with "Cours après le temps" and preceding the United Kingdom's Bardo with "One Step Further". At the close of voting, it had received 40 points, placing 12th in a field of 18. It was succeeded by Teigen performing solo with "Do Re Mi" as the Norwegian representative at the 1983 contest.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adieu

    a-dū′, adv. (I commend you) to God: farewell.—n. a farewell:—pl. Adieus or Adieux (a-dūz′). [Fr. à Dieu, to God.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. adieu

    A prayer of thanksgiving uttered at parting.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Adieu

    Originally a popular commendation to the care of God--A Dieu!

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adieu in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adieu in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Adieu in a Sentence

  1. Greg Glassman:

    It did so well and became so popular that it has become a thing far larger than I could have hoped, the world has changed, but the magnificent human machine, the proven benefits of CrossFit, and its market opportunity remain unchanged. It is time for the founder to bid adieu and find other creative outlets.

  2. Marie Antoinette:

    I have just been condemned, not to a shameful death, which can only apply to felons, but rather to finding your brother again...I seek forgiveness for all whom I know for every harm I may have unwittingly caused them...Adieu, good, gentle sister...I embrace you with all my heart as well as the poor, dear children.

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    offensive to the mind
    • A. repugnant
    • B. bibulous
    • C. irascible
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