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abbe


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abb'e  \Ab"b['e]`\  ([.a]b"b[asl]`),  n.[F.  abb['e].  See  {Abbot}.] 
  The  French  word  answering  to  the  English  abbot,  the  head  of 
  an  abbey;  but  commonly  a  title  of  respect  given  in  France  to 
  every  one  vested  with  the  ecclesiastical  habit  or  dress. 
 
  Note:  After  the  16th  century,  the  name  was  given  in  social 
  parlance,  to  candidates  for  some  priory  or  abbey  in  the 
  gift  of  the  crown.  Many  of  these  aspirants  became  well 
  known  in  literary  and  fashionable  life.  By  further 
  extension,  the  name  came  to  be  applied  to  unbeneficed 
  secular  ecclesiastics  generally.  --Littr['e]. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abbe 
  n  :  a  French  abbot 




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