Definitions for Abbey
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Abbey.
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.
Etymology: From Abigail.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Abbey or Abbynoun
A monastery of religious persons, whether men or women; distinguished from religious houses of other denominations by larger privileges. See Abbot.
Etymology: Lat. abbatia; from whence probably first Abbacy ; which see.
With easy roads he came to Leicester;
Lodg’d in the abbey, where the reverend abbot,
With all his convent, honourably receiv’d him. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
An abbey is a type of monastery used by members of a religious order under the governance of an abbot or abbess. Abbeys provide a complex of buildings and land for religious activities, work, and housing of Christian monks and nuns. The concept of the abbey has developed over many centuries from the early monastic ways of religious men and women where they would live isolated from the lay community about them. Religious life in an abbey may be monastic. An abbey may be the home of an enclosed religious order or may be open to visitors. The layout of the church and associated buildings of an abbey often follows a set plan determined by the founding religious order. Abbeys are often self-sufficient while using any abundance of produce or skill to provide care to the poor and needy, refuge to the persecuted, or education to the young. Some abbeys offer accommodation to people who are seeking spiritual retreat. There are many famous abbeys across the Mediterranean Basin and Europe.
An abbey is a complex of structures, including a church, lodging quarters, and other facilities, that serves as a dwelling or headquarters for monks or nuns. It is usually a center of religious observance and devotion, and can often be associated with a specific religious order. The head of an abbey is typically known as an abbot (for men) or abbess (for women).
An abbey is a complex of buildings used by members of a religious order under the governance of an abbot or abbess. It traditionally includes places of worship, residential accommodation, and agricultural facilities such as barns, fields, and other buildings that provide livelihood for the monks or nuns residing there. Abbeys are usually affiliated with Christian monastic orders, such as the Benedictines or Cistercians.
An abbey is a type of monastery or convent under the government of an Abbot or an Abbess, which is used as a dwelling place for monks or nuns who are dedicated to religious life. It usually includes buildings such as a church, dormitories, a library, a refectory, as well as lands attached to it for agricultural purposes. The term can also refer to the complex of buildings comprising the dwelling place and workplaces of monastic communities.
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.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Abbey is ranked #6574 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Abbey surname appeared 5,150 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Abbey.
82.1% or 4,233 total occurrences were White.
11.2% or 577 total occurrences were Black.
2.1% or 110 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2% or 106 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.2% or 65 total occurrences were Asian.
1.1% or 59 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
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
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!
Abbey is alive inside of him — it’s her heart having him stand up straight.
[My father] didn’t get a choice to resign,” Milley said. “Those kids there at Abbey Gate, they don’t get a choice to resign,” Milley said, referring to the 13 American service members who died during the evacuation from Kabul in late August when an ISIS-K suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest. “They can't resign so I'm not going to resign. There's no way.”
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.
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.
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- манастирска църква, аба́тствоBulgarian
- abadiaCatalan, Valencian
- Abtei, KlosterkircheGerman
- μοναστήρι, αβαείοGreek
- luostari, luostarikirkkoFinnish
- abaidScottish Gaelic
- աբբայություն, աբբայարանArmenian
- 수원, 승원, 수도원Korean
- игуменија, опатијаMacedonian
- abdij, abdijkerkDutch
- abbediNorwegian Nynorsk
- kloster, abbedi, klosterkirkeNorwegian
- монасты́рь, абба́тствоRussian
- abbottkloster, klosterkyrkaSwedish
- nhà tu, tu việnVietnamese
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