abbey

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noun ab·bey \ˈa-bē\

Definition of abbey

plural

abbeys

  1. 1a :  a monastery ruled by an abbotb :  a convent ruled by an abbess

  2. 2 :  an abbey church

Examples of abbey in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of abbey

Middle English abbeye, abbay, borrowed from Anglo-French abeie, abbaye, borrowed from Medieval Latin abbātia “abbacy, abbey,” from Late Latin abbāt-, abbās abbot + Latin -ia 2-y


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


Abbey

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biographical name Ab·bey \ˈa-bē\

Definition of Abbey

  1. Edwin Austin 1852–1911 American painter and illustrator


ABBEY Defined for English Language Learners

abbey

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noun ab·bey \ˈa-bē\

Definition of abbey for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ABBEY Defined for Kids

abbey

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noun ab·bey \ˈa-bē\

Definition of abbey for Students

plural

abbeys

  1. 1 :  monastery, convent

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



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