\ 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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welcome to my humble abode
Recent Examples on the Web Claire, paralyzed with fear, must be led by hand by her younger sister into the abode. Mallika Rao, The Atlantic, "The Melancholia Postulate," 9 May 2020 One such abode is a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom, shingle-style architecture house that boasts elements of the arts-and-crafts look. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This arts-and-crafts style Norton Commons 'show' home is eclectic, global and contemporary," 30 Apr. 2020 Turning this screwy temple of madness into an elegant abode for her clients—a family of six—was going to be a heavy lift, but Loew was prepared. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "For This Renovation, They Ditched the Shark Tank Then Channeled Le Corbusier," 29 Apr. 2020 In contrast to the botanic oasis outside, Hoppus’s red-roofed abode is comparatively modest. Washington Post, "Welcome to Mark Hoppus’s Animal Crossing island," 22 Apr. 2020 After laying eyes on his new abode, Shaq is practically giddy, jumping up and down and kissing Nelson on the cheek. Megan Stein, PEOPLE.com, "Shaquille O'Neal Literally Jumps for Joy After Seeing His New Treehouse," 2 Mar. 2018 All have been staying at home together in their New York City abode during the coronavirus pandemic. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Celebrate 24th Wedding Anniversary with Touching Posts," 1 May 2020 Too old to be a slacker, the Dude wiles away his days propped up in his tiny abode, knocking back White Russians and getting in the right frame of mind for his next bowling-league tournament. Duane Bygre, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Big Lebowski': THR's 1998 Review," 6 Mar. 2020 Look through your abode for twoness instead of oneness. Charli Penn, Essence, "How Can I Manifest More Love Into My Life?," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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“Abode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abode. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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