What does abbe mean?

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æˈbeɪ, ˈæb eɪabbe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abbenoun

    a French abbot


  1. abbenoun

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

  2. abbenoun

    A member of the French secular clergy.

  3. Etymology: From the abbe, from abbas.


  1. Abbé

    Abbé (from Latin abbas, in turn from Greek ἀββᾶς, abbas, from Aramaic abba, a title of honour, literally meaning "the father, my father", emphatic state of abh, "father") is the French word for an abbot. It is the title for lower-ranking Catholic clergy in France.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abbenoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [F. abb. See Abbot.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abbé

    ab′ā, n. originally the French name for an abbot, but often used in the general sense of a priest or clergyman. Before the Revolution, abbés were often merely holders of benefices, enjoying a portion of the revenues, although in minor orders, or even laymen. They were often tutors in noble families, or men of letters, and were marked by a short violet-coloured robe.

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.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ABBE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Abbe is ranked #19697 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Abbe surname appeared 1,368 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Abbe.

    92.4% or 1,265 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 39 total occurrences were Black.
    1.6% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 18 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 9 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abbe in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abbe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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