[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)

a member of the secular clergy.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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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).

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