There are 2 main definitions of abode in English:


Syllabification: a·bode
Pronunciation: /əˈbōd


formal or literary
1A place of residence; a house or home: her current abode humorous my humble abode
More example sentences
  • These are the people living in bed and breakfasts, sofa surfing with friends and moving from house to house with no fixed abode.
  • In between the luxurious modern houses are two curious abodes.
  • Their house was more like a small castle than a humble abode.
1.1Residence: a place of abode
More example sentences
  • This points to a worldly, finite, lived morality - to an ethos in its sense of abode and dwelling place - and away from the abstract and systematic utilitarianism so common in Australia.
  • In the time since he had left his native Ballyredmond and taken up his abode in Rathvilly he had spent a period of time in Courtown, Co. Wexford.
  • The independent senator said a lot of the crime in the society was being committed by people of no fixed place of abode.
1.2 archaic A stay; a sojourn.
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  • He waxeth Wrath at your Abode here.


Middle English (in the sense 'act of waiting'): verbal noun from abide.

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