\ ə-ˈbōd How to pronounce abode (audio) \

Definition of abode

1 : the place where one lives : home were reluctant to leave their lifelong abode Welcome to my humble abode.
2 : a temporary stay : sojourn … if any such dares to continue his abode in a family where his coming was an unauthorized intrusion …— Walter Scott
3 obsolete : wait, delay

Examples of abode in a Sentence

welcome to my humble abode
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First Known Use of abode

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for abode

Middle English abade, abode, from bade, bode "stay, delay" (going back to Old English bād "expectation, period of waiting," probably going back to Germanic *baiđ-, noun derivative from the base of *bīđ- "wait, bide") crossed with abiden "to abide"

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“Abode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abode. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of abode

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of abide


\ ə-ˈbōd How to pronounce abode (audio) \

Kids Definition of abode (Entry 2 of 2)

: the place where someone stays or lives


Legal Definition of abode

past and past participle of abide

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