- The definition of an abattoir is a place in which animals are killed and butchered for the intention of being processed as food.
An example of an abattoir is a slaughterhouse.
Freshly butchered meat in an abattoir.
abattoir definition by Webster's New World
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Origin: French ; from abattre: see abate
abattoir definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.