Meaning of ADDIO in Italian

What’s the meaning of the word addio in Italian?

Read on to find out how to pronounce this word along with some example sentences!

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Addio in Italian?

Addio is the Italian translation for farewell.

How do you pronounce it?


The pronunciation of addio in Italian is similar to ud-dee-oh. Addio in Italian comes from the Latin expression a Dio, meaning “to God”. Be careful not to add a -w sound to the final -o. Italian vowel sounds are clean.

Un addio
A farewell

Degli addii
Some farewells

The farewell

Gli addii
The farewells

group of people saying goodbye

Addio in Italian does NOT translate “goodbye”. It has little to do with the Spanish adiós, while it is more akin to the French adieu. An addio is forever, it means parting ways for good. It is somewhat dated and poetic, because it is rarely used in the spoken language. It conveys sadness.

If you want to part ways with somebody you expect to see again soon, such as a coworker, use arrivederci. It literally means “to see ourselves again”.


If you want to greet a friend, a ciao or a alla prossima will suffice as these are common in informal settings.

Ciao! Alla prossima!
Bye! Until next time!

There are two common kinds of addio in Italian:

Addio al celibato
Bachelor party

Addio al nubilato
Bachelorette party

For example, you can say:

La sorpresa che abbiamo preparato per il tuo addio al celibato ti lascerà a bocca aperta!
The surprise we’ve prepared for your bachelor party will leave you speechless!

These expressions translate to “farewell to celibacy”.

a bachelor party with two friends

Addio in Italian is also used ironically. For example:

Ho finito tutto il gelato. Addio, dieta!
I finished up all the ice cream. Farewell, diet!

Now that we’ve covered the meaning of addio in Italian, you’re ready to put your skills to the test and start using it in your sentences!

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