\ 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

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Examples of abode in a Sentence

welcome to my humble abode

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Witherspoon's Madeline outfits her beachfront abode with clean, transitional pieces that blend seamlessly with her heirlooms, while Dern's Renata lets design convey her career woman aesthetic, hard edges and Kondo-esque organization. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Big Little Lies Season 2 Brings Back Our Favorites Ladies—and Great Decor," 16 Apr. 2019 Take a look: Interested in staying in this charming abode? Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This Rustic Parisian Loft Has the Most Epic Library," 26 Feb. 2019 The Kardashian-West fam's newest abode boasts four bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, 4,700 square feet of space, and a wraparound terrace. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kanye West Bought Kim Kardashian a $14 Million Christmas Gift," 29 Dec. 2018 Modern log-style abodes are packed with frou-frou French doors, crystal chandeliers and spa bathrooms. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "On the market: Rustic to $10 million 'rusticratic' Oregon log homes (photos)," 17 Feb. 2018 Their company creates everything from basic, single container homes to custom, multi-floor luxury abodes. Jessica Mattern, Country Living, "These Made-In-Texas Shipping Container Homes Are Seriously Impressive," 10 Jan. 2018 The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath lakefront abode, which recently found a buyer for $2.35, sits on almost 3 acres in the vacation town of Cashiers. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker Sell North Carolina Lake House for $2.35 Million," 16 Jan. 2018 And from the cheerful yellow facade to the warm and inviting interior, the place is a far cry from her animated alter ego's chilly abode. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "A Peek Inside the Place Idina Menzel Now Calls Home," 1 Sep. 2015 For cold abodes, the heated seat and foot warmer will provide the lap of luxury. Fox News, "10 smart devices you never knew about before now," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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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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