Bid adieu



Say goodbye, take leave of, as in It’s beyond my bedtime, so I bid you all adieu, or I’ll be glad to bid adieu to these crutches. French for “goodbye,” adieu literally means “to God” and was part of à dieu vous commant, “I commend you to God.” Adopted into English in the 1300s, it was first recorded in Chaucer’s Troilus and Cressida (c. 1385). Today it is considered quite formal, although it also is used humorously.
Historical Examples

Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa David Livingstone
Cowboy Songs Various
Frank on the Lower Mississippi Harry Castlemon
The Royal Institution Bence Jones
Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15) Charles Morris
Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
Gerfaut, Complete Charles de Bernard
The Bondman Hall Caine
Letters from Palestine J. D. Paxton
The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue

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