abbey

[ab-ee]
noun, plural abbeys.
1.
a monastery under the supervision of an abbot or a convent under the supervision of an abbess.
2.
the group of buildings comprising such a monastery or convent.
3.
the church of an abbey.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English abbey(e) < Old French abeie < Late Latin abbātia abbacy

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Abbey

[ab-ee]
noun
1.
Edward, 1927–89, U.S. novelist and nature writer.
2.
Edwin Austin, 1852–1911, U.S. painter and illustrator.
3.
a female given name, form of Abigail.
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abbey (ˈæbɪ)
 
n
1.  a building inhabited by a community of monks or nuns governed by an abbot or abbess
2.  a church built in conjunction with such a building
3.  such a community of monks or nuns
 
[C13: via Old French abeie from Church Latin abbātiaabbacy]

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abbey
mid-13c., "convent headed by an abbot or abbess," from Anglo-Fr. abbeie, from O.Fr. abaie, from L.L. abbatia, from abbas (gen. abbatis); see abbot.
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