\ 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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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 The This Is Us star and her fiancé Taylor Goldsmith, frontman of the indie rock band Dawes, were instantly attracted to their 1950s abode nestled in the California city’s private hills. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Mandy Moore Is Showing Off Her ‘Dream House’ And It’s Even More Stunning Than You’d Expect," 22 June 2018 The bad habit started at the animal’s previous zoo home and followed the chimp to his current abode in Tianshan. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Video Showing Zoo Guests Throwing Lit Cigarettes at Chimp Addicted to Smoking Causes Outrage," 7 June 2018 Google, a crucial part of the internet’s behind-the-scenes police force, is struggling simultaneously to curate a cacophony of voices within its own abode and to define what is allowed in search and on YouTube. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google vs. Google: How Nonstop Political Arguments Rule Its Workplace," 1 May 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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Phrases Related to abode

no fixed abode

place of abode

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

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Kids Definition of abode

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of abide


\ ə-ˈbōd \

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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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