\ 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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The blue heritage placard sits high up on the wall so that no souvenir-hunter can nick the marker of the abode where the nude cover photo for Lennon’s first solo album Two Virgins (1968) was made. National Geographic, "The ultimate itinerary for Beatles fans," 29 July 2019 These stories alternate as Simon, unnoticed by all but the newcomers’ cat, Epilogue, wanders through his former abode, reading books in the old library and occasionally setting off the house alarm, much to the new residents’ confusion. Clea Simon, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Ghost Clause’ peers through the walls of loss and memory," 10 July 2019 Shop indie boutiques, uncover vintage treasures, and bring home some Palm Springs style to your abode. Erin Behan, USA TODAY, "Escape to Palm Springs with a vacation designed just for you," 26 June 2019 But when Hofmann dosed himself seven decades ago, there was no comfort to be found at his abode. Dominic Umile, latimes.com, "In 1943, a scientist took a bike ride on LSD. Brian Blomerth illustrates his historic trip," 26 June 2019 She and her husband Chip were in the midst of overhauling their now-beautiful Waco, Texas abode, and Joanna was kind enough to give a full tour of the space as it was being renovated. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Had an Entire Series About Her Farmhouse Renovation and No One Knew," 27 July 2019 If that’s the case at your humble abode, no need to stress that anymore. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Spruce Your Home Up With These Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Gems," 22 July 2019 Double doors enter the flat 1960s abode, leading into a clean open floor plan with wide-plank hardwood floors and sliding walls of glass. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Couple behind pop duo Karmin find a fan for remodeled Studio City home," 19 July 2019 Unlike the Arizona, ICE’s Chicago abode will feature an attic with a pull-down ladder and a trap door leading into the home. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Here are the types of houses ICE envisions raiding next," 10 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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