Noun Abigail Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abigail

Pronunciation:

/ˈabɪɡeɪl/

Definition:
1.

noun

A lady's maid.
  1. 'He tried the stables for 133 horses, the kennels for 144 hounds, the attics for 144 abigails or footmen.'
  2. 'Lady Protheroe sent her abigail ahead and took Croft's arm.'
((n.) A lady's waiting-maid.)


Origin:
Mid 17th century: from the name of a character in The Scornful Lady by Beaumont and Fletcher, possibly in allusion to 1 Sam. 25: 23–24: ‘And when Abigail saw David, she … fell at his feet, and said, “… hear the words of thine handmaid”.’.

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