From the Middle English expression al be it (that), itself shortened from althagh it be that (“although it be that”), and thus composed from al (“completely, entirely”) + be (3rd person singular present subjunctive of been (“to be”)) + it.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɔːlˈbiː.ɪt/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɔlˈbi.ət/, (with cot–caught merger) /ɑlˈbi.ɪt/
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- Although, despite (it) being.
- He has a very good idea, albeit a strange one.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene vi], page 170:
- 2007 June 17, Ellen Marrus, in the Houston Chronicle:
- There’s an easy, albeit expensive, way to fix the national crisis in forensic crime labs.
- 2011 September 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, in BBC Sport:
- Up front, skipper and open-side Lewis Moody looked almost back to full fitness, while England's set-piece was barely troubled, albeit against a Romania side showing 11 changes from that beaten by Argentina earlier in the week.
- The word albeit historically also introduced an independent clause as although does; however after the Early Modern English period, it ceased to do so, and today only introduces a noun phrase, adjectival phrase, adverbial phrase, or dependent clause.
- Rarely, albethey is used when the meaning is “despite (the multiple things) being” rather than “despite (the single thing) being”; this is nonstandard, based on a flawed interpretation of albeit.
despite its being; although