al·​be·​it | \ ȯl-ˈbē-ət How to pronounce albeit (audio) , al- \

Definition of albeit

: even though : although an enjoyable, albeit expensive, vacation

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Albeit dates to the 14th century and comes from a Middle English word meaning, literally, "all (or completely) though it be." Its heritage is clear in its pronunciation, which is as though it were three words instead of one: all, be, it. In the early 20th century, albeit was accused of being archaic. That descriptor was never quite accurate; the word had mostly been holding steady at "not-terribly-common" since at least the mid-18th century. When albeit began to see a marked increase in use in the mid-20th century, several usage commentators proclaimed that it was making a comeback, and its "archaic" descriptor was fully recognized as no longer apt.

Examples of albeit in a Sentence

… living a modest life as an editor wasn't as appealing as living in the grand style, albeit as someone else's valet. — Leslie Bennetts, Vanity Fair, Sept. 2000 As created during the Depression by a promoter named Leo Seltzer, roller derby was the first sport in which men and women competed on the same team, albeit on a separate-but-equal basis, alternating periods on the track. — Frank Deford, New York Times Magazine, 4 Jan. 1998 … customers seemed generally cheery, albeit some were more cautious than others … — Cynthia Clark, Publishers Weekly, 26 Jan. 1998 But suppose the life were in many ways a mess, albeit a fascinating, courageous, picturesque and emotionally intense mess … — Diane Ackerman, New York Times Book Review, 23 Aug. 1987 She appeared on the show, albeit briefly. It was an amazing computer, albeit expensive. See More

First Known Use of albeit

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for albeit

Middle English, literally, all though it be

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“Albeit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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al·​be·​it | \ ȯl-ˈbē-ət How to pronounce albeit (audio) \

Kids Definition of albeit

: even though : although The movie was entertaining, albeit long.

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