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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
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  • 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.
  • Think of the undertaking as a giant collage, albeit without glue.
  • That pattern will change, albeit briefly.
  • Ordinary air also works, albeit at a higher operating voltage.
  • Following that initial burst, progress has been steady, albeit slower.
  • So let us indulge the temptation, albeit with fingers crossed.
  • Such sounds have been linked, albeit tenuously, to some alleged hauntings.
British Dictionary definitions for albeit


even though
Word Origin
C14 al be it, that is, although it be (that)
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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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