- a member of the secular clergy.
- a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman.
Origin of abbé
Examples from the Web for abbes
The secret of the Lesbians was only employed, however, by the abbes and the castrata.
The Abbes and the Bishops and the priests are alike distrustful and hostile.A Heroine of France
Although a man who frequents the society of abbes is not thought much more of than one who frequents the society of girls.
So that whan sche receyueth newe, sche moste restore the olde to the abbes.Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535
Eileen Edna Power
The young Abbes had taken Care to engross them so, that there seemd to be no Possibility of coming near them.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume IV
Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
- Ernst. 1840–1905, German physicist, noted for his work in optics and the microscope condenser known as the Abbe condenser
- a French abbot
- a title used in addressing any other French cleric, such as a priest
Word Origin and History for abbes
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).