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From Middle English, completely though it be, from al (completely) + be (3rd person singular present subjunctive of been to be) + it.



albeit ‎(plural albeit, rarely and debatably albethey)

  1. although, despite being
    He has a very good idea, albeit a strange one.

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike although, albeit cannot also introduce an independent clause. Either can introduce a noun phrase, adjectival phrase, or adverbial phrase.


  • 2001, Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, page 92:
    The stranger had crossed a sacred line. He had mentioned the men’s mothers. Nothing could get him out of a beating now, even the fact that he was obviously a simpleton. Albeit a simpleton with a good vocabulary.
  • 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[1]:
    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.