Your abode is where you live. The Queen of England's abode may be far from humble, but it's the home where she rests her weary crown at the end of each day.

Though it is often humble, as in, "Welcome to our humble abode," an abode is just a formal way of describing your home. A British solicitor (lawyer) would also use the word abode to describe his office, and if he worked from his home the word would cover both his work and his residence. Interestingly, if you were to substitute the o in the middle of the word for a c, you'd have the first five letters of the alphabet — abcde.

Definitions of abode
  1. noun
    any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
    synonyms: residence
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    domicile, legal residence
    (law) the residence where you have your permanent home or principal establishment and to where, whenever you are absent, you intend to return; every person is compelled to have one and only one domicile at a time
    home, place
    where you live at a particular time
    home away from home, home from home
    a place where you are just as comfortable and content as if you were home
    type of:
    the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with
  2. noun
    housing that someone is living in
    synonyms: domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home
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    a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
    Lateran Palace
    a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
    Tuileries Palace
    palace and royal residence built for Catherine de Medicis in 1564 and burned down in 1871; all that remains today are the formal gardens
    Vatican Palace
    the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City
    Palace of Versailles
    a palace built in the 17th century for Louis XIV southwest of Paris near the city of Versailles
    White House
    the government building that serves as the residence and office of the President of the United States
    Buckingham Palace
    the London residence of the British sovereign
    Mount Vernon
    the former residence of George Washington in northeastern Virginia overlooking the Potomac river
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    cliff dwelling
    a rock and adobe dwelling built on sheltered ledges in the sides of a cliff
    condo, condominium
    one of the dwelling units in a condominium
    a house or other dwelling in need of repair (usually offered for sale at a low price)
    fireside, hearth
    home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
    the abode of a hermit
    dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
    lake dwelling, pile dwelling
    dwelling built on piles in or near a lake; specifically in prehistoric villages
    indian lodge, lodge
    any of various Native American dwellings
    (law) a dwelling house and its adjacent buildings and the adjacent land used by the household
    semi-detached house
    a dwelling that is attached to something on only one side
    vacation home
    a dwelling (a second home) where you live while you are on vacation
    a circular domed dwelling that is portable and self-supporting; originally used by nomadic Mongol and Turkic people of central Asia but now used as inexpensive alternative or temporary housing
    beach house
    a house built on or near a beach
    boarding house, boardinghouse
    a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
    bungalow, cottage
    a small house with a single story
    a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area
    a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
    chapterhouse, frat house, fraternity house
    a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
    country house
    a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country
    detached house, single dwelling
    a house that stands alone
    doll's house, dollhouse
    a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
    duplex, duplex house, semidetached house
    a house with two units sharing a common wall
    house for a farmer and family
    a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence
    a house separate from the main house; for housing guests
    the main house on a ranch or large estate
    a Navajo lodge covered with earth; traditionally built with the entrance facing east
    hunting lodge, lodge
    a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter
    lodging house, rooming house
    a house where rooms are rented
    maisonette, maisonnette
    a small house
    hall, manse, mansion, mansion house, residence
    a large and imposing house
    ranch house
    a one story house with a low pitched roof
    the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)
    row house, town house
    a house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls
    safe house
    a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
    a type of house built in New England; has two stories in front and one behind
    adobe house, sod house, soddy
    a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
    solar house
    a house designed to use solar radiation for heating; usually has large areas of glass in front of heat-absorbing materials
    teepee, tepee, tipi
    a Native American tent; usually of conical shape
    tract house
    one of many houses of similar design constructed together on a tract of land
    detached or semidetached suburban house
    wickiup, wikiup
    a lodge consisting of a frame covered with matting or brush; used by nomadic American Indians in the southwestern United States
    a Native American lodge frequently having an oval shape and covered with bark or hides
    type of:
    housing, living accommodations, lodging
    structures collectively in which people are housed
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