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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.
- Although, despite (it) being.
- He has a very good idea, albeit a strange one.
- c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II scene vi:
- Who are you? Tell me, for more certainty,
- Albeit I'll swear that I do know your tongue.
- 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.
- Unlike although, albeit cannot introduce an independent clause but can only introduce 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