abbey

noun

ab·​bey ˈa-bē How to pronounce abbey (audio)
plural abbeys
1
a
: a monastery ruled by an abbot
b
: a convent ruled by an abbess
2
: an abbey church

Examples of abbey in a Sentence

the monks in the abbey grow all their own vegetables
Recent Examples on the Web Highlights of the journey include cycling through the beautiful Cheddar Gorge (birthplace of the cheese), numerous castles and abbeys, and city stops in Bristol, Manchester, and Edinburgh. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2024 After the crowning at the ancient abbey, many members of the royal family joined Charles and Camilla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for their first appearance there as King and Queen. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 May 2023 Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a peppy young nun-in-training who leaves her abbey to become a governess for the seven children of widowed Captain Georg von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer. Perri Ormont Blumberg, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2024 The little one arrived hand-in-hand with his stepmother and mailed a letter in the red mailbox placed outside the abbey to collect cards for children who might be struggling this season, and Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5, also did the same. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024 Dame Maggie Smith The Harry Potter star was also in attendance at the abbey, where she was seen wearing a cornflower blue ensemble. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 May 2023 The abbey is about six miles from there, so relatively few tourists ended up making their way into town. Ruth Graham Katie Currid, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2023 The abbey is about 6 miles from there, so relatively few tourists ended up making their way into town. Ruth Graham, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 Traditions that will continue include the ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey — where the coronations of Queen Elizabeth and her eldest son were held — on Sept. 8 in honor of King Charles’ Accession Day, as the abbey previously announced. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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 -y entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of abbey was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Abbey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abbey. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

abbey

noun
ab·​bey ˈab-ē How to pronounce abbey (audio)
plural abbeys
1
a
b
2
: a church that once belonged to an abbey
Westminster Abbey

Biographical Definition

Abbey

biographical name

Ab·​bey ˈa-bē How to pronounce Abbey (audio)
Edwin Austin 1852–1911 American painter and illustrator

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