1520s, name offered in France to "every person who wears an ecclesiastical dress," especially one having no assigned ecclesiastical duty, from French abb
a French abbot
- The French term responding to into the English abbot, the pinnacle of an abbey; but frequently a subject of respect given in France to every one vested with all the ecclesiastical habit or gown.
(n.) The French word answering into English abbot, the top of an abbey; but commonly a title of respect provided in France to each and every one vested using ecclesiastical habit or gown.
Her elder son resigned his title and estates, and became a Jesuit under the name of the Abbe d'Orleans, while the younger, after leading a debauched life, was killed leading the attack in the passage of the Rhine in 1673.