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WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare "to shorten" (see abbreviation). Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from Middle French abrevier (14c.), from Latin abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.