Definitions for abbeyˈæb i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•beyˈæb i(n.)(pl.)-beys.

  1. a monastery under the supervision of an abbot or a convent under the supervision of an abbess.

    Category: Religion

  2. the church of an abbey.

    Category: Religion

Origin of abbey:

1200–50; ME < OF abeie < LL abbātiaabbacy

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

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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.

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

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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


Translations for abbey

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

abbey(noun)

the building(s) in which a Christian (usually Roman Catholic) group of monks or nuns lives.

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