[ab-uh-twahr, ab-uh-twahr]


a slaughterhouse.

Origin of abattoir

1810–20; < French, equivalent to abatt(re) to slaughter (see abate) + -oir -ory2
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Related Words for abattoir

butchery, shambles, stockyard

Examples from the Web for abattoir

Contemporary Examples of abattoir

Historical Examples of abattoir

  • Aberdeen is in fact becoming little else than a London abattoir.

  • Shall I to the abattoir and ask the slayer of oxen for a steak?

  • Digging like a navvy in order to get admission to the abattoir!

    The Last Shot

    Frederick Palmer

  • The pigs will be dealt with in the abattoir, sent as fresh pork to the market or be turned into bacon to feed the members.

    National Being

    (A.E.)George William Russell

  • When it comes to slaughtering defenseless animals with high-powered guns, I prefer a position in an abattoir.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

British Dictionary definitions for abattoir



another name for slaughterhouse

Word Origin for abattoir

C19: French, from abattre to fell
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Word Origin and History for abattoir

"slaughterhouse for cows," 1820, from French abattre "to beat down" (see abate) + suffix -oir, corresponding to Latin -orium (see -ory).

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