Definitions for abbeæˈbeɪ, ˈæb eɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•bé*æˈbeɪ, ˈæb eɪ(n.)(pl.)-bés.

  1. a member of the secular clergy.

    Category: Religion, Foreign Term

  2. a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman.

    Category: Religion, Foreign Term

* (esp. in France).

Origin of abbé:

1520–30; < F, MF < LL abbātem, acc. of abbāsabbot

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abbe(noun)

    a French abbot


  1. abbe(Noun)

    An abbot, the (male) head of an abbey.

  2. abbe(Noun)

    A member of the French secular clergy.

  3. Origin: From the abbe, from abbas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abbe(noun)

    the French word answering to the English abbot, the head of an abbey; but commonly a title of respect given in France to every one vested with the ecclesiastical habit or dress


  1. Abbé

    Abbé is the French word for abbot. It is the title for lower-ranking Catholic clergymen in France. A concordat passed between Pope Leo X and Francis I of France, gave the kings of France the right to nominate 255 Abbés commendataires for almost all French abbeys, who received income from a monastery without needing to render a service. Since the mid-16th century, the title abbé has been used for all young clergymen with or without consecration. Their clothes consisted of a black or dark violet robes with a small collar; they were tonsured. Since those abbés only rarely commanded an abbey, they often worked in honourable families as tutors, spiritual directors, etc.; others became writers.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Abbé

    name of a class of men who in France prior to the Revolution prepared themselves by study of theology for preferment in the Church, and who, failing, gave themselves up to letters or science.

Anagrams of abbe

  1. babe


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