abbé

[ a-bey, ab-ey; French a-bey ]
/ æˈbeɪ, ˈæb eɪ; French aˈbeɪ /

noun, plural ab·bés [a-beyz, ab-eyz; French a-bey]. /æˈbeɪz, ˈæb eɪz; French aˈbeɪ/. (esp. in France)

a member of the secular clergy.
a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman.

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Origin of abbé

1520–30; <French, Middle French <Late Latin abbāte(m), accusative of abbāsabbot
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British Dictionary definitions for abbé (1 of 2)

Abbe
/ (ˈæbɪ, German ˈaːbə) /

noun

Ernst. 1840–1905, German physicist, noted for his work in optics and the microscope condenser known as the Abbe condenser

British Dictionary definitions for abbé (2 of 2)

abbé
/ (ˈæbeɪ, French abe) /

noun

a French abbot
a title used in addressing any other French cleric, such as a priest
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