a church associated with a monastery or convent
a convent ruled by an abbess
a monastery ruled by an abbot
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.
The church of a monastery.
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.
A diminutive of the female given name Abigail.
Origin: From Abigail.
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
the church of a monastery
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
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.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'abbey' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4791
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'abbey' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4233
Rank popularity for the word 'abbey' in Nouns Frequency: #1861
The numerical value of abbey in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of abbey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Just like on 'Downton Abbey,' the local hospital is a resource that people care about. They employ people in a community and they take care of people.
I think a receptionist just said that to the guy from the Post and he sort of ran with it. I designed the space and Downton Abbey didn't have anything to do with it, however it's a great show!
The thinking in Reading, using current estimates of the size of the abbey, is that this burial spot is located beneath a school, if the abbey is larger, it could be situated underneath either what is today a playground or a car park.
The office redesign was not inspired by Downton Abbey, i think a receptionist just said that to the guy from the Post and he sort of ran with it. I designed the space and Downton Abbey didn't have anything to do with it, however it's a great show!
I get the biggest kick out of people who claim to be related to the Queen and Royal Family. The truth of the matter is most are truly related, they're just cousins 15 times removed! They're more likely to blood kin to Lady Mary Crawley! (Referencing the fictional story "Downton Abbey")
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- аба́тство, манастирска църкваBulgarian
- abadiaCatalan, Valencian
- Abtei, KlosterkircheGerman
- αβαείο, μοναστήριGreek
- luostarikirkko, luostariFinnish
- abaidScottish Gaelic
- աբբայարան, աբբայությունArmenian
- 수원, 수도원, 승원Korean
- опатија, игуменијаMacedonian
- abdijkerk, abdijDutch
- abbediNorwegian Nynorsk
- klosterkirke, abbedi, klosterNorwegian
- абба́тство, монасты́рьRussian
- abbottkloster, klosterkyrkaSwedish
- tu viện, nhà tuVietnamese
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