abbé

abbé

[a-bey, ab-ey; French a-bey]
noun, plural abbés [a-beyz, ab-eyz; French a-bey] (esp. in France)
1.
a member of the secular clergy.
2.
a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman.

Origin:
1520–30; < French, Middle French < Late Latin abbāte(m), accusative of abbās abbot

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abbé (ˈæbeɪ, French abe)
 
n
1.  a French abbot
2.  a title used in addressing any other French cleric, such as a priest

Abbe (ˈæbɪ, German ˈaːbə)
 
n
Ernst. 1840--1905, German physicist, noted for his work in optics and the microscope condenser known as the Abbe condenser

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abbe
1520s, title given in France to "every one who wears an ecclesiastical dress," especially one having no assigned ecclesiastical duty, from Fr. abbé, from L.L. abbatem, accusative of abbas (see abbot).
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