follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

abattoir

[ab-uh-twahr, ab-uh-twahr] /ˈæb əˌtwɑr, ˌæb əˈtwɑr/
noun
1.
a slaughterhouse.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French, equivalent to abatt(re) to slaughter (see abate) + -oir -ory2
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for abattoirs

abattoir

/ˈæbəˌtwɑː/
noun
1.
another name for slaughterhouse
Word Origin
C19: French, from abattre to fell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for abattoirs

abattoir

n.

"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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for abattoir

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for abattoirs

11
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for abattoirs