\ 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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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 Nestled in University Park, just outside of Dallas, this sprawling 11,000+ square-foot abode was once home to Rita Crocker Clements, a former First Lady of Texas who passed away in January 2018. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Regal Dallas Mansion Once Owned by Former Texas First Lady Can Be Yours for $9.1 Million," 10 May 2018 With the help of over 1,600 volunteers from their community, the Extreme Home Makeover crew demolished the Nickless's old home and, in just five days, built a 3,300-square-foot, four-bedroom abode in its place. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "A Widow Featured on "Extreme Home Makeover" Loses Her House," 31 May 2017 And this particular hobbit hole, located in Holme, Cambridgeshire, is an abode full of creature comforts to make any Baggins proud. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Buy a Luxury Hobbit House for a Cool Million Bucks," 26 July 2016 If this sounds like your dream abode, 5207 South Notom Bench Road is on the market now for $690,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern artist’s retreat in the desert asks $690K," 26 Nov. 2018 Phil and Claire and Mitchell and Cam's houses still seem deadlocked in the debate for second place, but there's no arguing which house, overall, reigns supreme: Jay and Gloria Pritchett's contemporary, California-cool abode (option C). Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "People Are Seriously Divided Over Which Modern Family House Is Best," 26 Sep. 2018 But now, guests can actually sleep at the abode, which can accommodate a family of six. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "You Can Now Stay Overnight in the 'Christmas Story' House," 14 Aug. 2018 The 300-square-foot timber abode on wheels has a roof that expands from a road-legal 12.5 feet to a luxurious 17.5 feet when raised. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Clever two-story tiny house has an extendable roof," 6 Nov. 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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