\ 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

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Ferro couldn’t bear to watch the destruction of the second house, which belonged to another cousin and his wife and sat across a dirt road from her own abode. Los Angeles Times, "In a battle over land, a Brazilian homestead is demolished," 2 Aug. 2019 South Florida’s real estate market is known for being pricey, but what are those millionaires paying for their not-so-humble abodes when the taxman comes? Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "By the numbers: The priciest tax bills for South Florida’s multimillion-dollar mansions," 26 July 2019 The majority of abodes boast names, in homage to the maritime tradition of naming ships. Danica Farley, Orange County Register, "A whale of a time in Nantucket," 17 July 2019 The 96-year-old abode boasts an interesting, and contentious, history. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Singer KT Tunstall trims price of mail-order Craftsman in Venice," 21 June 2019 Inspect the photos of your prospective abode to see if your idea of neatness lines up with theirs, and read the reviews. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Secret to Scoring a Vacation Home That’s (Practically) Free," 11 Jan. 2019 The surface became extremely cold and dry as a result, leaving subterranean aquifers as perhaps the only potential abodes for Earth-like life. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "Silica Blankets Could Make Mars Habitable," 15 July 2019 In 1717, Czar Peter the Great and his wife, Catherine I, started construction on a modest two-story abode. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "European royalty's most over-the-top summer retreats, from Versailles to Neuschwanstein," 8 July 2019 But in Alabama, officials are warning residents to look out for yellow jacket abodes that are swelling to huge proportions, stretching several feet wide and buzzing with thousands more critters than the average nest. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Alabamians, Beware the Wasp ‘Super Nest’," 1 July 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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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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