ab·​at·​toir | \ ˈa-bə-ˌtwär How to pronounce abattoir (audio) , -ˌtwȯr, -ˌtȯr \
plural abattoirs

Definition of abattoir

: a place where animals are butchered : slaughterhouse Mr. Foley worked previously at a pig abattoir and reckoned he was beyond such queasiness.— Tony Horwitz Bulls are precious, a good one fetching $400 or more at the abattoir— Peter Meredith

Examples of abattoir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2014, when the sect claimed the area as the headquarters of its caliphate, fighters slaughtered hundreds of people in the public abattoir. The Christian Science Monitor, "Ex-Boko Haram fighters deradicalized, but still unreconciled," 8 Dec. 2020 This now frees him to channel federal dollars into that abattoir. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "A Pro-Trump Appeal to Never Trumpers," 3 Nov. 2020 In Uganda, Chinese diplomats met at President Yoweri Museveni’s ranch and pledged to build a $25 million beef abattoir and a textile plant if his government backed Mr. Qu. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "How China Is Taking Over International Organizations, One Vote at a Time," 29 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, a German abattoir last week voluntarily halted pork exports to China after workers were found to be infected. Fortune, "China suspends poultry imports from Arkansas Tyson Foods plant with coronavirus cases," 22 June 2020 One massive outbreak was at an abattoir in North Rhine Westphalia; another in a Berlin community where an infected priest visited many families. David Meyer, Fortune, "The pandemic’s unequal effects are becoming ever more obvious," 22 June 2020 An abattoir in the north of the country has halted slaughtering, and nearby schools were closed, after 650 meat processing workers tested positive. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, June 18," 18 June 2020 By May 2019, investment pledges worth $27 billion had been announced in projects ranging from steel mills to abattoirs. Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg.com, "Shunned by the West and China, Zimbabwe Turns to U.A.E.," 6 May 2020 China has suspended meat imports from four Australian abattoirs, fueling concerns that escalating tensions between the two nations are damaging Australia’s most important trading relationship. Time, "China Blocks Some Australian Beef Imports Amid Rising Tension Over Calls for Coronavirus Investigation," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of abattoir

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abattoir

borrowed from French, from stem of abattre "to strike down, slaughter" + -oir -ory entry 1 — more at abate

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24 Dec 2020

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“Abattoir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abattoir. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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