Abattoir definition

ăbə-twär
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A slaughterhouse.
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A slaughterhouse.
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A place likened to a slaughterhouse.
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A public slaughterhouse for cattle, sheep, etc. [Early 19th century.]
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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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
abattoir
Plural:
abattoirs

Origin of abattoir

  • French from abattre to strike down from Old French abate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French abattoir, from abattre (“to slaughter”) (cognate to abate) + -oir (“-ory”).

    From Wiktionary