What does abbey mean?

Definitions for abbeyˈæb i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word abbey.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abbey(noun)

    a church associated with a monastery or convent

  2. abbey(noun)

    a convent ruled by an abbess

  3. abbey(noun)

    a monastery ruled by an abbot


  1. abbey(Noun)

    A monastery or society of people, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy, which is headed by an abbot or abbess; also, the monastic building or buildings.

    From 1199 to 1203 William Punchard was the abbot of the abbey of Rievaulx, which was part of the Cistercian order of monks.

  2. abbey(Noun)

    The church of a monastery.

  3. abbey(Noun)

    In London, the Abbey is short for Westminster Abbey, and in Scotland, the precincts of the Abbey of Holyrood. The name is also retained for a private residence on the site of an abbey; as, Newstead Abbey, the residence of Lord Byron.

  4. Abbey(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of the female given name Abigail.

  5. Origin: From Abigail.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abbey(noun)

    a monastery or society of persons of either sex, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy; also, the monastic building or buildings

  2. Abbey(noun)

    the church of a monastery


  1. Abbey

    An abbey is a Catholic monastery or convent, under the authority of an Abbot or an Abbess, who serves as the spiritual father or mother of the community. The term can also refer to an establishment which has long ceased to function as an abbey, in some cases for centuries. There were many orders that had their own styles of abbeys. Among these were the primary orders such as Benedictine, Cistercian, Carthusian. However there were also the minor order such as the Dominicans, Franciscans, and Carmelites.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abbey

    ab′e, n. a monastery of persons of either sex presided over by an abbot or abbess: the church now or formerly attached to it: in Newstead Abbey, &c., the name has been retained after the abbatial building had become a private house:—pl. Abb′eys. [O. Fr. abaïe (Fr. abbaye)—L. abbatia, See Abba.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abbey' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4791

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abbey' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4233

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abbey' in Nouns Frequency: #1861


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abbey in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abbey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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