Definition of abattoir in English:

abattoir

noun

British
  • A slaughterhouse.

    • ‘Many butchers operate small abattoirs, and those that do not, buy from a local abattoir.’
    • ‘The bank has also helped set up a community-owned butcher in the town, sustain a local abattoir and buy a dolphin-watch boat.’
    • ‘Spanish abattoirs are used to slaughter many Portuguese cattle.’
    • ‘It was reported earlier that the abattoir will start slaughtering in November.’
    • ‘The pigs are raised locally, slaughtered in a local abattoir and processed locally.’
    • ‘For a start they could support the establishment and use of local abattoirs.’
    • ‘The company wants to build a packing facility for the meat from pigs slaughtered at its abattoir in the village.’
    • ‘At present the abattoir is slaughtering animals for the domestic market.’
    • ‘The 29-month-old animal was slaughtered in an abattoir in Wales last November and put into the food chain.’
    • ‘The stock is slaughtered at Haverfordwest and Llanelli abattoirs.’
    • ‘But the increased costs of maintaining health and safety at abattoirs means consumers are unlikely to benefit.’
    • ‘Once in southern Europe, many animals are slaughtered in abattoirs using methods which are illegal in Britain.’
    • ‘Widespread closure of abattoirs has already disrupted the supply chain.’
    • ‘Many are slaughtered for pet food or sold to continental abattoirs.’
    • ‘This led the company to convert a part of the abattoir to slaughter small stock.’
    • ‘However, the most iniquitous means of reducing the price is the dressing specification adopted by abattoirs.’
    • ‘Both pathogens can colonise the intestines of beef cattle and get into the food chain during slaughter at the abattoir.’
    • ‘We have the ability to source direct from local farms using local abattoirs and we do that wherever we can.’
    • ‘However, in my opinion, animals that are slaughtered in abattoirs can suffer just as much as foxes that are hunted.’
    • ‘The sale of meat from an animal not slaughtered in an abattoir is also illegal.’
    slaughterhouse
    butchery, knacker's yard
    shambles, butcher-row
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Origin

Early 19th century: from French, from abattre to fell.

Pronunciation:

abattoir

/ˈabətwɑː/