The definition of an abattoir is a place in which animals are killed and butchered for the intention of being processed as food.noun
An example of an abattoir is a slaughterhouse.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: Fr < abattre: see abate
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- A slaughterhouse.
- Something likened to a slaughterhouse: “The hand of God and mankind's self-inflicted blows seem equally heavy … giving a strong cumulative impression of the world as an abattoir” (Manchester Guardian Weekly).
Origin: French, from abattre, to strike down, from Old French; see abate.