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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [a-bey, ab-ey; French a-bey]
    • /æˈbeɪ, ˈæb eɪ; French aˈbeɪ/
    • /ˈæbɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [a-bey, ab-ey; French a-bey]
    • /æˈbeɪ, ˈæb eɪ; French aˈbeɪ/

Definitions of abbe word

  • noun abbe Ernst. 1840–1905, German physicist, noted for his work in optics and the microscope condenser known as the Abbe condenser 3
  • noun abbe a French abbot 3
  • noun abbe a title used in addressing any other French cleric, such as a priest 3
  • noun abbe a French title of respect, given to a priest, minister, etc. 3
  • noun plural abbe a member of the secular clergy. 1
  • noun plural abbe a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman. 1

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Origin of abbe

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; < French, Middle French < Late Latin abbāte(m), accusative of abbās abbot

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Parts of speech for Abbe


abbe popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abbe

noun abbe

  • minister — a person authorized to conduct religious worship; member of the clergy; pastor.
  • confessor — A confessor is a priest who hears a person's confession.
  • pastor — a minister or priest in charge of a church.
  • preacher — a person whose occupation or function it is to preach the gospel.
  • parson — a member of the clergy, especially a Protestant minister; pastor; rector.

Antonyms for abbe

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