ab·​i·​gail ˈa-bə-ˌgāl How to pronounce abigail (audio)
: a lady's personal maid

Word History


Abigail, servant in The Scornful Lady, a play by Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abigail was in 1616

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“Abigail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abigail. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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