abbacy

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noun ab·ba·cy \ˈa-bə-sē\

Definition of abbacy

plural

abbacies

  1. :  the office, dignity, jurisdiction, or tenure of an abbot

Origin and Etymology of abbacy

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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