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abbey

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noun ab·bey \ˈa-bē\

Simple Definition of abbey

  • : 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

Full Definition of abbey

plural abbeys

  1. 1 a :  a monastery ruled by an abbot b :  a convent ruled by an abbess

  2. 2 :  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

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Rhymes with abbey


Abbey

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biographical name Ab·bey \ˈa-bē\

Definition of Abbey

  1. Edwin Austin 1852–1911 Am. painter & illustrator




ABBEY Defined for Kids

abbey

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noun ab·bey \ˈa-bē\

Definition of abbey

plural abbeys

  1. 1 :  monastery, convent

  2. 2 :  a church that is connected to buildings where nuns or monks live





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