F ȧbȧvwȧ or -wä
plural abat-voix
F -wȧ or -wä
: a device for reflecting sound (such as the sounding board over a pulpit or rostrum)

Word History


borrowed from French, literally, "(it) strikes down (abat) the voice (voix)," from abattre "to strike down" + voix "voice," going back to Old French vois

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abat-voix was in 1872

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“Abat-voix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abat-voix. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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