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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-uh-twahr, ab-uh-twahr]
    • /ˈæb əˌtwɑr, ˌæb əˈtwɑr/
    • /ˈæb.ə.twɑːr/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh-twahr, ab-uh-twahr]
    • /ˈæb əˌtwɑr, ˌæb əˈtwɑr/

Definitions of abattoir word

  • countable noun abattoir An abattoir is a place where animals are killed in order to provide meat. 3
  • noun abattoir a slaughterhouse 3
  • noun abattoir a slaughterhouse. 1
  • noun abattoir slaughterhouse 1
  • noun abattoir A public slaughterhouse for cattle, sheep, etc. 0
  • noun abattoir A place likened to a slaughterhouse. 0

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Origin of abattoir

First appearance:

before 1810
One of the 40% newest English words
1810-20; < French, equivalent to abatt(re) to slaughter (see abate) + -oir -ory2

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Parts of speech for Abattoir


abattoir popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for abattoir

noun abattoir

  • butchery — You can refer to the cruel killing of a lot of people as butchery when you want to express your horror and disgust at this.
  • shambles — a shambling gait.
  • stockyard — an enclosure with pens, sheds, etc., connected with a slaughterhouse, railroad, market, etc., for the temporary housing of cattle, sheep, swine, or horses.
  • slaughterhouse — a building or place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir.
  • knacker's yard — a slaughterhouse for horses

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