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 Would a vegan commune be happy about building an abattoir? Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 The study, published in the scientific journal Frontiers on Friday, looked at samples of rumen from Alpine cows in an abattoir in Austria. Sara Spary, CNN, 2 July 2021 Nades worked as a cleaner at the local abattoir and volunteered for a charity. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 The carcasses were processed in a large abattoir in the park, and the meat was canned and distributed in nearby black communities. Adam Welz, The Atlantic, 7 June 2021 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, 8 Dec. 2020 This now frees him to channel federal dollars into that abattoir. Deroy Murdock, National Review, 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, 29 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, a German abattoir last week voluntarily halted pork exports to China after workers were found to be infected. Fortune, 22 June 2020 See More

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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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“Abattoir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abattoir. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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