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abbé

[a-bey, ab-ey; French a-bey] /æˈbeɪ, ˈæb eɪ; French aˈbeɪ/
noun, plural abbés
[a-beyz, ab-eyz; French a-bey] /æˈbeɪz, ˈæb eɪz; French aˈbeɪ/ (Show IPA)
(esp. in France)
1.
a member of the secular clergy.
2.
a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < French, Middle French < Late Latin abbāte(m), accusative of abbās abbot
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British Dictionary definitions for abbe

Abbe

/ˈæbɪ; German ˈaːbə/
noun
1.
Ernst. 1840–1905, German physicist, noted for his work in optics and the microscope condenser known as the Abbe condenser

abbé

/ˈæbeɪ; French abe/
noun
1.
a French abbot
2.
a title used in addressing any other French cleric, such as a priest
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Word Origin and History for abbe
n.

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

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