although; even if: a peaceful, albeit brief retirement.

1350–1400; Middle English al be it al(though) it be Unabridged
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albeit (ɔːlˈbiːɪt)
even though
[C14 al be it, that is, although it be (that)]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., a contraction of al be it "al(though) it be."
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Example sentences
But in the 1820s, at least one forward-thinking mathematician envisioned a
  calculating machine, albeit far from portable.
Other observers eventually concluded that Piazzi's discovery was indeed a
  planet, albeit a small one.
Then the tide seemed to turn for the Wildcats, albeit briefly.
Since then, it has risen, albeit much slower for the past 6000 years.
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