Origin of albeitMiddle English al be it, al(though) it be
Saying you will buy a house even though it is a little small is an example of albeit.
Origin of albeitMiddle English al be it al even if ; see all . be subjunctive of ben to be ; see be . it it ; see it .
(plural albeit, rarely and debatably albethey)
- although, despite being
- He has a very good idea, albeit a strange one.
Unlike although, albeit cannot also introduce a subordinate clause. Either can introduce a noun phrase, adjectival phrase, or adverbial phrase.
- She rose, albeit unsteadily, and he grasped her in the now familiar position of his supporting arm about her waist.
- It was an interesting conversation, albeit one-way.
- He'd even made the coffee, albeit insipidly.
- Once again, we abided by his wishes, albeit reluctantly.
- Your credit card statement captures an accurate, albeit extremely abbreviated, record of your comings and goings.