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a member of the French secular clergy; a title of respect for any ecclesiastic
Not to be confused with:
abbey – a monastery under the supervision of an abbott or a convent under the supervision of an abbess
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 (ăb′ā′, ă-bā′)
n. Roman Catholic Church
1. Used as a title for the superior of a monastery in a French-speaking area.
2. Used as a title for a cleric in major or minor orders in a French-speaking area.

[French, from Old French abbe, from Late Latin abbās, abbāt-, abbot; see abbot.]
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(ˈæbɪ; German ˈaːbə)
(Biography) Ernst. 1840–1905, German physicist, noted for his work in optics and the microscope condenser known as the Abbe condenser


(ˈæbeɪ; French abe)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a French abbot
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a title used in addressing any other French cleric, such as a priest
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(æˈbeɪ, ˈæb eɪ)

n., pl. -bés.
(esp. in France)
1. a member of the secular clergy.
2. a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman.
[1520–30; < French, Middle French < Late Latin abbātem, acc. of abbās abbot]
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A French word meaning a priest.
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Noun1.abbé - a French abbotabbe - a French abbot      
abbot, archimandrite - the superior of an abbey of monks
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[ˈæbeɪ] Nabate m
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