noun ab·bey \ˈa-bē\

: a monastery run by an abbot

: a convent run by an abbess

: a church that is connected to other buildings where monks or nuns live or once lived

plural abbeys

Full Definition of ABBEY

a :  a monastery ruled by an abbot
b :  a convent ruled by an abbess
:  an abbey church

Examples of ABBEY

  1. <the monks in the abbey grow all their own vegetables>

Origin of ABBEY

Middle English, from Anglo-French abbaie, abbeie, from Late Latin abbatia abbey, from abbat-, abbas
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary


biographical name Ab·bey \ˈa-bē\

Definition of ABBEY

Edwin Austin 1852–1911 Am. painter & illustrator


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