the place where somebody lives homeless people of no fixed abode (= with no permanent home) You are most welcome to my humble abode. see also abide, right of abode Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘act of waiting’): verbal noun from abide.Extra examples I had been invited to take up my abode at Government House. Welcome to my humble abode. His sole residence is in a hostel for people of no fixed abode. The island’s citizens’ will not be given the right of abode in Britain.