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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.]


(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


(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]


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


[ˈæbeɪ] Nabate m
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and Marie Touchet, the male line from whom ended, until proof to the contrary be produced, in the person of the Abbe de Rothelin.
He was always seen in a maroon-colored coat with gilt buttons, half-tight breeches of poult-de-soie with gold buckles, a white waistcoat without embroidery, and a tight cravat showing no shirt-collar,--a last vestige of the old French costume which he did not renounce, perhaps, because it enabled him to show a neck like that of the sleekest abbe.
What a misfortune it is you did not follow your first vocation; what a delicious abbe you would have made
Yes; we have an instance here; it was by always offering a million of francs to the governor for his liberty that an abbe became mad, who was in this chamber before you.
I am not an abbe, I am not mad; perhaps I shall be, but at present, unfortunately, I am not.
The Count de la Fere, formerly styled Athos; Monsieur du Vallon, whom we used to call Porthos; the Chevalier d'Herblay, now the Abbe d'Herblay, whom we styled Aramis "
Be cautious," said the latter, "the Abbe Fouquet is there.
You know one of the Catholic ministers--an abbe, is that it?
The other was a certain musketeer, very handsome, very brave, very adventurous, very fortunate, who, from being abbe, turned musketeer, and from musketeer turned abbe.
Anna Pavlovna in dismay detained him with the words: "Do you know the Abbe Morio?
While old Saillard was driving across Paris his son-in-law, Isidore Baudoyer, and his daughter, Elisabeth, Baudoyer's wife, were playing a virtuous game of boston with their confessor, the Abbe Gaudron, in company with a few neighbors and a certain Martin Falleix, a brass- founder in the fauborg Saint-Antoine, to whom Saillard had loaned the necessary money to establish a business.
This conduct in writing is placed in a very proper light by the ingenious Abbe Bannier, in his preface to his Mythology, a work of great erudition and of equal judgment.