\ ˌäˌbäˈsōⁿ, F ȧbȧsōⁿ \
plural abat-sons\ -​ōⁿz , F -​ōⁿ \

Definition of abat-sons

: a device for throwing sound downward (such as louver boards in a belfry)

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First Known Use of abat-sons

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abat-sons

borrowed from French, literally, “(it) strikes down (abat) the sounds (sons),” from abattre “to strike down,” + sons, plural of son “sound,” going back to Old French

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The first known use of abat-sons was circa 1879

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“Abat-sons.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abat-sons. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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