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abbe (n.)

1520s, title given in France to "every one who wears an ecclesiastical dress" [Littré, quoted in OED], especially one having no assigned ecclesiastical duty but acting as a private tutor, etc., from French abbé (12c.), from Late Latin abbatem, accusative of abbas (see abbot). See Century Dictionary for distinctions.

updated on September 26, 2016

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Definitions of abbe from WordNet

abbe (n.)
a French abbot;
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