Archaic. nevertheless.


Obsolete. although.

Origin of howbeit

1350–1400; Middle English how be it however it may be; parallel to albeit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for howbeit

Historical Examples of howbeit

  • Howbeit, happen what may, every colour must in shading keep to its own class.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • Howbeit, what an array of Masters and Knights have we, and what a variety!

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Howbeit, the following deserves a place as the tail-flounce of his Fantasy.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Howbeit, you need not decide at once, wait and see what is brought to you.



  • Howbeit, her ill husbandry was right then mine encheson (Note 6).

    In Convent Walls

    Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for howbeit


sentence connector



(subordinating) though; although
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Word Origin and History for howbeit

late 14c., contraction of how be it.

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