There are 2 definitions of abode in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈbəʊd


formal or • literary
  • 1A place of residence; a house or home: my humble abode
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    • 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.
    home, house, place of residence/habitation, accommodation, habitat, base, seat; quarters, lodgings, rooms; address, location, place, whereabouts
    informal pad, digs, diggings
    without a roof over one's head, on the streets, vagrant, sleeping rough, living rough; destitute, down and out, derelict, itinerant
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Residence: their right of abode in Britain
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    • 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.


of no fixed abode

(Of a person) having no permanent residence: both defendants were said to be of no fixed abode
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  • There is a further provision in relation to children of no fixed abode.
  • Detectives said the man, who is said to be of no fixed abode, is being held at Darlington police station.
  • At an earlier hearing Hillier, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to burglary.


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

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