: the place where one lives : home
were reluctant to leave their lifelong abode
Welcome to my humble abode.
: a temporary stay : sojourn
… if any such dares to continue his abode in a family where his coming was an unauthorized intrusion …Walter Scott
obsolete : wait, delay

Examples of abode in a Sentence

welcome to my humble abode
Recent Examples on the Web One house was sold and demolished, with a big shiny new abode sprouting up in its place, refusing to blend in at all with the original, smaller, brick, ranch-style houses. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 One of their many abodes was Castello di Moncalieri, overlooking the Po River just outside Turin. Steven Casale, Travel + Leisure, 31 Jan. 2024 In the decades since the midcentury countryside retreat has been thoughtfully preserved and recently underwent a three-year renovation to restore the abode to its original glory. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 25 Jan. 2024 Give your hearty stews, succulent braises, and creamy chicken pot pies a new abode in this high-quality cast iron vessel that's oven-safe for up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Wendy Vazquez, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Jan. 2024 Located just steps away from Fifth Avenue, the abode boasts stunning views of Central Park and the surrounding skyline. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024 Internally, the open-plan abode is kitted out with warm hardwood floors and walls of windows to take advantage of the coastal vistas. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2024 In an Instagram post on Saturday, the mom of four, 44, shared a carousel of photos that offered a closer look inside her Southern California abode during Christmas and New Year’s. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 The neighboring abodes are connected by a sprawling 82-foot-long outdoor terrace on the 21st floor and are being listed together for a whopping $70 million. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 27 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


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"

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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

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“Abode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abode. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the place where one stays or lives

Legal Definition


past and past participle of abide

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