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abbey

[ab-ee] /ˈæb i/
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
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English abbey(e) < Old French abeie < Late Latin abbātia abbacy

Abbey

[ab-ee] /ˈæb i/
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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Examples for abbey
  • The palace was built around a quadrangle, situated west of the abbey cloister.
  • In his early career he was play editor at the abbey theatre, dublin.
British Dictionary definitions for abbey

abbey

/ˈæbɪ/
noun
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
Word Origin
C13: via Old French abeie from Church Latin abbātiaabbacy
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Word Origin and History for abbey
n.

mid-13c., "convent headed by an abbot or abbess," from Anglo-French abbeie, Old French abaïe, from Late Latin abbatia, from abbas (genitive abbatis); see abbot.

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