nounRoman Catholic Church
- Used as a title for the superior of a monastery in a French-speaking area.
- Used as a title for a cleric in major or minor orders in a French-speaking area.
Origin of abbeFrench, from Old French abbe, from Late Latin abbās, abbāt-, abbot; see abbot.
- An honorific title for a member of the French clergy. [mid 16th century]