\ 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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welcome to my humble abode
Recent Examples on the Web Medina, Washington Located on Lake Washington, the home’s nickname, Xanadu 2.0, drew inspiration from the protagonist’s abode in Citizen Kane. Noah Kirsch, Forbes, "Here Are The Properties At Stake In The Gates Divorce," 5 May 2021 During their time in the home, Ferguson and Mikita made some edits to make their lofty abode feel more personal. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Jesse Tyler Ferguson Is Selling His Charming Los Feliz Home for $7 Million—See Inside," 9 Apr. 2021 Trees have always been considered to be an abode of gods and ancestral spirits. Kalpana Sunder, The Christian Science Monitor, "Do not disturb: In India, traditions and science protect sacred forests," 22 Mar. 2021 Like in his own abode, Mawhinney discovered that people wanted furniture that looked good, fit their home's aesthetic, and was gender neutral. Tanisha A. Sykes, USA TODAY, "How a former chef switched to carpentry and bolstered his business during the pandemic," 22 Mar. 2021 Local contractors will be recruited to do the construction work and build your dream abode. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Startup Lets You Design Your Dream Home Online and Then Builds It for You IRL," 8 Mar. 2021 In August of 2010, the Smith family trust spent $910,000 on a 4,146-square-foot Mediterranean-style abode in Woodland Hills, California, according to Variety. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "Every Single Property That Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Have Called Home," 5 Apr. 2021 The victim, 39-year-old Christopher Barrett, was shot while inside his closed tent, according to police, who described two holes in the tent fabric where bullets entered the man’s abode. oregonlive, "Suspect in SW Portland shooting arrested, police say," 1 Apr. 2021 But one recently relocated Upper East Side couple hoped to take their prewar abode up a notch with shots of color and pattern—and a dose of glamour. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "When You Have Stellar Views of Central Park, All You Need Are Pops of Color," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of abode was in the 13th century

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10 May 2021

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“Abode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abode. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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