abut·​ter ə-ˈbə-tər How to pronounce abutter (audio)
: one that abuts
specifically : the owner of a contiguous property

Examples of abutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But until 2014, the only way to reach the top was by cutting across private property, and a former abutter was notorious for fending off would-be climbers. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 Getting municipal use permits is rarely easy for any businesses because towns require going before the planning board at least twice, notices to abutters, a public hearing, a site visit and conditions that the planning board puts on the permit. chicagotribune.com, 3 Dec. 2019 During the meeting, Lenny Gentile, an abutter and city councilor, and the neighbors’ lawyer, Stephen Buchbinder, suggested that the discussion be postponed because several neighbors were out of town. Sophia Eppolito, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2018 Officials are advising the public that Woerd Avenue will remain open for abutters only north of the bridge between Crescent and Cove streets, and south of the bridge up to Rumford Avenue. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2019 Ostroff said the town anticipates many abutters linking to the trail, noting that already MathWorks has built a paved path connecting the trail to its Lakeside campus, and that the state park plans an entrance to the trail. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2019 The agreement was the first that included financial help from the city and the park’s abutters for the park’s annual $5 million operating budget. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2018 The next step would be for abutters to petition the city for a name change before the Public Improvement Commission holds a hearing to consider the street name change. Chris Chavez, SI.com, 17 Aug. 2017

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Word History


abut + -er entry 2

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abutter was in 1673

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“Abutter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abutter. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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abut·​ter ə-ˈbə-tər How to pronounce abutter (audio)
: one that abuts
specifically : the owner of an abutting property
the abutters on a street
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