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abbé

[a-bey, ab-ey; French a-bey]
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noun, plural ab·bés [a-beyz, ab-eyz; French a-bey] /æˈbeɪz, ˈæb eɪz; French aˈbeɪ/. (esp. in France)
  1. a member of the secular clergy.
  2. 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 abbās abbot
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  • It was not very late when she heard the Abbe Cornille take his leave.

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  • They had waited until day, and the Abbe, having been notified, was about to come.

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  • The Abbe Cornille, having mounted to the altar, had just come down again.

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  • This afternoon I have seen the Abbe Cornille, and he gives me no encouragement whatever.

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  • Then, all at once raising his head, he inquired: "And did you also know Abbe Peyramale?"


British Dictionary definitions for abbe

Abbe

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

noun
  1. a French abbot
  2. a title used in addressing any other French cleric, such as a priest
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Word Origin and History for abbe

n.

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).

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