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1910 New Catholic Dictionary
(from Syriac from abba, father) French title applied primarily to an abbot, eventually to all wearing secular ecclesiastical dress; and to clerics, often not in Holy Orders, engaged as tutors or in other occupations.
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Entry for 'Abbé'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ncd/a/abbe.html. 1910.