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[hou-bee-it] /haʊˈbi ɪt/
Archaic. nevertheless.
Obsolete. although.
Origin of howbeit
1350-1400; Middle English how be it however it may be; parallel to albeit Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • howbeit, happen what may, every colour must in shading keep to its own class.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • howbeit, what an array of Masters and Knights have we, and what a variety!

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • howbeit, the following deserves a place as the tail-flounce of his Fantasy.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • howbeit, you need not decide at once, wait and see what is brought to you.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • howbeit, her ill husbandry was right then mine encheson (Note 6).

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • howbeit, Saint Peter held, happily, and she escaped with a bruise.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • howbeit, life is our working-day: and there will be time to rest in Heaven.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • howbeit, this did not affect the charm of their idyllic life at The Lookout.

  • howbeit, Rolando, thou wert a most kind and hospitable bandit.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • howbeit, all ended so happily that I had not the heart to scold her.

British Dictionary definitions for howbeit


sentence connector
(subordinating) though; although
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for howbeit

late 14c., contraction of how be it.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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