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[awl-bee-it] /ɔlˈbi ɪt/
although; even if:
a peaceful, albeit brief retirement.
Origin of albeit
1350-1400; Middle English al be it al(though) it be Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One stringer was left, spanning the gulf from bank to bank—a square timber that offered possibilities, albeit dangerous ones.

  • Mrs. Roberts exerted herself to laugh with him, albeit she was horror-stricken.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • To put the case more accurately, albeit in less lovely phrase, Scott was married by Catie.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • The Street came decorously, albeit with a degree of uncertainty as to supper.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • To this summons the English paid no heed, albeit they had a great desire to come to some understanding.

British Dictionary definitions for albeit


even though
Word Origin
C14 al be it, that is, although it be (that)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for albeit

late 14c., a contraction of al be it "al(though) it be (that)."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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