abbacy

abbacy

[ab-uh-see]
noun, plural abbacies.
1.
the rank, rights, privileges, or jurisdiction of an abbot.
2.
the term of office of an abbot.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English abbacie, abbat(h)ie < Late Latin abbātia (cf. abbey), equivalent to abbāt- (see abbot) + -ia -ia

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abbacy (ˈæbəsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess
 
[C15: from Church Latin abbātia, from abbāt-abbot]

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