although; even if: a peaceful, albeit brief retirement.

Origin of albeit

1350–1400; Middle English al be it al(though) it be Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for albeit

notwithstanding, admitting

Examples from the Web for albeit

Contemporary Examples of albeit

Historical Examples of albeit

  • Mrs. Roberts exerted herself to laugh with him, albeit she was horror-stricken.

  • The Street came decorously, albeit with a degree of uncertainty as to supper.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • There was covert insinuation of suspicion, albeit a kindly one, in the man's voice.


    W. A. Fraser

  • The tones were dramatically exact, albeit of a more resonant quality.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • His tone was quite conclusive; and Brad, albeit wondering, said no more.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for albeit



even though

Word Origin for albeit

C14 al be it, that is, although it be (that)
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Word Origin and History for albeit

late 14c., a contraction of al be it "al(though) it be (that)."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper