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[ab-uh-twahr, ab-uh-twahr] /ˈæb əˌtwɑr, ˌæb əˈtwɑr/
a slaughterhouse.
Origin of abattoir
1810-20; < French, equivalent to abatt(re) to slaughter (see abate) + -oir -ory2 Unabridged
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  • In Columbus, Mississippi, there is a colored butcher who owns his abattoir and supplies the best trade of his town with meat.

  • The monsters in question could only be the Shylocks of the abattoir who had tempted him with blood-money for Mlle. Adrienne.

  • Aberdeen is in fact becoming little else than a London abattoir.

  • To contemplate it is more sad even than to see a great church turned into a stable or an abattoir—as can yet be seen in France.

  • When it comes to slaughtering defenseless animals with high-powered guns, I prefer a position in an abattoir.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Its position, near a small ravine in which runs a brook, may lead us to suppose that here was the abattoir of the Roman army.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
  • It was only a scratch and he had been knocked down like a beef in an abattoir by an unseen enemy, on whom he could not lay hands!

    The Last Shot Frederick Palmer
British Dictionary definitions for abattoir


another name for slaughterhouse
Word Origin
C19: French, from abattre to fell
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Word Origin and History for abattoir

"slaughterhouse for cows," 1820, from French abattre "to beat down" (see abate) + suffix -oir, corresponding to Latin -orium (see -ory).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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