a member of the secular clergy.
a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman.
Historical Examples

The abbes and the Bishops and the priests are alike distrustful and hostile.
A Heroine of France Evelyn Everett-Green

The secret of the Lesbians was only employed, however, by the abbes and the castrata.
The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

The two abbes escaped as they best could, under protection of a number of friends.
Wonderful Balloon Ascents Fulgence Marion

Although a man who frequents the society of abbes is not thought much more of than one who frequents the society of girls.
The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

The fact is, he can not get out of it; he has met the two abbes, twice running, at Ernestine’s.
Monsieur, Madame and Bebe, Complete Gustave Droz

So that whan sche receyueth newe, sche moste restore the olde to the abbes.
Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535 Eileen Edna Power

The young abbes had taken Care to engross them so, that there seemd to be no Possibility of coming near them.
The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume IV Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz

The house in question had always been occupied by abbes, and it belonged to an old maid named Mademoiselle Gamard.
The Vicar of Tours Honore de Balzac

These two Italian abbes were ne plus ultras in luxury and effeminacy.
The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims Andrew Steinmetz

Your friends the abbes are well, and always speak of you with affection.
Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

a French abbot
a title used in addressing any other French cleric, such as a priest
Ernst. 1840–1905, German physicist, noted for his work in optics and the microscope condenser known as the Abbe condenser

1520s, title given in France to “every one who wears an ecclesiastical dress,” especially one having no assigned ecclesiastical duty, from French abbé, from Late Latin abbatem, accusative of abbas (see abbot).

Read Also:

  • Abbess

    a woman who is the superior of a convent of nuns. Historical Examples His sister, the abbess Kunigunde, was keeping the door of the convent open. In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete Georg Ebers The abbess suddenly emerged from the gloom, and was standing in their midst. Casanova’s Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler This interruption was […]

  • Abbeville

    a town in N France, on the Somme River: site of Paleolithic artifacts. a city in S Louisiana. Contemporary Examples Members of the Abbeville, S.C., Bixby family killed two police over a land dispute in 2003. When Sovereign Citizens Snap Caitlin Dickson January 16, 2014 Historical Examples The fauna of the Amiens deposits is similar […]

  • Abbevillian

    of, relating to, or typical of an early Lower Paleolithic industry of the middle Pleistocene Epoch in Europe, characterized by the manufacture of large flakes and hand axes; Chellean. noun the period represented by Lower Palaeolithic European sites containing the earliest hand axes, dating from the Mindel glaciation See also Acheulian adjective of or relating […]

  • Abbey

    a monastery under the supervision of an abbot or a convent under the supervision of an abbess. the group of buildings comprising such a monastery or convent. the church of an abbey. Edward, 1927–89, U.S. novelist and nature writer. Edwin Austin, 1852–1911, U.S. painter and illustrator. a female given name, form of . Contemporary Examples […]

  • Abbey theatre

    a theater in Dublin associated with the Irish National Theatre Society (founded 1901) and the dramas of Synge, Yeats, and Lady Gregory. Historical Examples In 1910 the Abbey Theatre was bought from her by public subscription. One-Act Plays Various Mr. Lennox Robinson, like most of the Abbey Theatre dramatists, has chosen to write about the […]

Disclaimer: Abbes definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.