ab·​ba·​cy ˈa-bə-sē How to pronounce abbacy (audio)
plural abbacies
: the office, dignity, jurisdiction, or tenure of an abbot

Word History


Middle English abbathie, abbasye, borrowed from Anglo-French abbacie, abbathie, borrowed from Medieval Latin abbātia — more at abbey

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abbacy was in the 15th century

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“Abbacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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