abbacy

noun
ab·​ba·​cy | \ ˈa-bə-sē How to pronounce abbacy (audio) \
plural abbacies

Definition of abbacy

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

First Known Use of abbacy

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abbacy

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

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“Abbacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abbacy. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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