- a member of the secular clergy.
- a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman.
Origin of abbé
Examples from the Web for abbe
Kelley and her husband hired a prominent lawyer, Abbe Lowell.Jill Kelley’s Campaign to Befriend Petraeus, Allen, and Other Top Brass
November 14, 2012
Defense attorney Abbe Lowell is a wiry man who seems to never stop moving when he speaks in a courtroom.Jury Gets the Edwards Case: Deliberations to Begin Friday
May 18, 2012
Lead defense attorney Abbe Lowell looked worried at the end of the 17th day of testimony at the John Edwards trial.Is the Edwards Defense Team Losing It?
May 16, 2012
And how, exactly, does lead defense attorney Abbe Lowell plan to do that?John Edwards’s Newsweek Defense
April 23, 2012
As Abbe wades through her grief and her history, her marriage with Greg begins to fall apart.The Daily Beast Recommends
The Daily Beast
May 26, 2009
It was not very late when she heard the Abbe Cornille take his leave.
They had waited until day, and the Abbe, having been notified, was about to come.
The Abbe Cornille, having mounted to the altar, had just come down again.
This afternoon I have seen the Abbe Cornille, and he gives me no encouragement whatever.
Then, all at once raising his head, he inquired: "And did you also know Abbe Peyramale?"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- Ernst. 1840–1905, German physicist, noted for his work in optics and the microscope condenser known as the Abbe condenser
- a French abbot
- a title used in addressing any other French cleric, such as a priest
Word Origin and History for abbe
1520s, title given in France to "every one who wears an ecclesiastical dress," especially one having no assigned ecclesiastical duty, from French abbé, from Late Latin abbatem, accusative of abbas (see abbot).