\ 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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While older gay residents were heading east to snap up one of many midcentury abodes, gay businesses in Laguna Beach, like the Little Shrimp, and intellectually inclined businesses, such as Fahrenheit 451 Books, closed. Brock Keeling, Curbed, "The rise and fall of Laguna Beach, a gay California hotspot," 26 June 2019 Chip and Joanna Gaines turned the 1,700-square-foot abode into the dream home for their show's executive producer, Michael Matsumoto and his family, who have since outrown the space, according to Realtor.com. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Crawford, TX "Little Shack on the Prairie" from Season 4 Fixer Upper Finale Hits Market for $400,000," 19 June 2019 The puppy abode has a Brazilian teak roof with a long overhang that expertly blocks the high summer sun from your furry friend's eyes. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Chic Dog House Was Inspired By Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs," 22 May 2019 Jeff Andrews’ contemporary California abode boasts rich texture and an inviting warmth, weaved with statement pieces that, while totally cozy, are also totally high-end and glam. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins Episode Two Steps Up to the Challenge of Contemporary," 9 May 2019 These threats consistently sound hollow, like the Big Bad Wolf vowing to huff and puff and blow a little pig’s house in when the abode is made of brick. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019 After moving from Yorba Linda, CA to Newport Beach, People notes that episode one will feature an in-depth look at Christina's renovations on her new humble abode. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "What to Know About Christina El Moussa's New Show 'Christina on the Coast'," 24 Mar. 2019 Plus, with a home that has a little extra privacy, thanks to a lot of trees and a multi-million dollar renovation, sources say the energy at the Duke and Duchess's new abode is a breath of fresh air. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Cottage Smells Heavenly—Here's Why," 23 May 2019 See the rest of this unbelievable Brooklyn abode, listed by Compass, below. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "Jennifer Connelly's Former Brooklyn Mansion Is Unbelievably Huge And Full Of Character," 22 Oct. 2017

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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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