noun, plural ab·bés [a-beyz, ab-eyz; French a-bey] /æˈbeɪz, ˈæb eɪz; French aˈbeɪ/. (esp. in France)
Origin of abbé
Examples from the Web for abbes
"Say frankly, monsieur, not to abbes who force contributions on the highway to carry on the war," retorted the Abbe Gudin.The Chouans|Honore de Balzac
The secret of the Lesbians was only employed, however, by the abbes and the castrata.
Although a man who frequents the society of abbes is not thought much more of than one who frequents the society of girls.
The house in question had always been occupied by abbes, and it belonged to an old maid named Mademoiselle Gamard.The Vicar of Tours|Honore de Balzac
These two Italian abbes were ne plus ultras in luxury and effeminacy.The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims|Andrew Steinmetz