\ə-ˈbōd \

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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Before the concert, Grande and Davidson were photographed holding hands while leaving their Manhattan abode. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Bye, SNL! Pete Davidson Has a 'New Job' — as a Backup Dancer for Ariana Grande," 12 July 2018 Odd facts freckle every page, as in his mention that Thoreau’s cabin, now long gone, was probably plastered with sand left by laborers building the nearby railroad, his primitive abode lined with the residue of industrial progress. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "Spring Books: Nature," 11 Apr. 2018 His abode is actually two treehouses, joined together by a sort of Ewok-like sway bridge. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This 27-Year-Old Left a Great Job in NYC to Live in a Treehouse," 8 June 2015 This is the first time the 90210 abode has listed for sale in 21 years, records show. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Elizabeth Taylor’s Beverly Hills haunt hits the market for $15.9 million," 12 July 2018 Hoping after last year’s hurricanes, the rental abode isn’t floating offshore somewhere near the Azores. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 The hallmark of Habitat for Humanity is that the future homeowners help build their new abodes alongside volunteers. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Habitat for Humanity volunteers build three homes on Monument Circle," 23 June 2018 The couple has lived in the abode, which is just 30 minutes outside of Nashville, since 2007, reports The Tennessean. Courtney Campbell, Country Living, "Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Slash Nearly $1M Off Price of Nashville Home," 13 June 2018 The attorney for the owners of the sprawling estate on Wednesday night told members of The Woodlands Township Development Standards Committee that the home was essentially complete and the owners were planning to move into their new abode on Monday. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "‘Monster house’ reportedly finished, resident to move in this week," 8 June 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


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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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