Pronunciation: (a-bā', ab'ā; Fr. a bā'), [key]
—pl. ab•bésPronunciation: (a-bāz', ab'āz; Fr. a bā'). [key] (esp. in France)
1. a member of the secular clergy.
2. a title of respect for any ecclesiastic or clergyman.
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