Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Be that as it may; nevertheless.
  • conj. Obsolete Although.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • conj. Although.
  • adv. Be that as it may; nevertheless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conj. Be it as it may; nevertheless; notwithstanding; although; albeit; yet; but; however.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Be it as it may; nevertheless; notwithstanding; however.

Etymologies

From how + be + it. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "CORIOLANUS: I will go wash;
    And when my face is fair you shall perceive
    Whether I blush or no: howbeit, I thank you;--
    I mean to stride your steed; and at all times
    To undercrest your good addition
    To the fairness of my power."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009