abbé

[a-bey, ab-ey; French a-bey]
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.

Origin of abbé

1520–30; < French, Middle French < Late Latin abbāte(m), accusative of abbās abbot
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Abbe

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

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 abbes

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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