- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈæb.i/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈæb.i/
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- Rhymes: -æbi
From A.D. 1250 in Middle English as abbeye (“convent headed by an abbot”) (compare archaic English abbaye), itself a borrowing from Old French abaïe, abbaïe, abeïe, abbeïe (Modern French abbaye) from Late Latin or Ecclesiastical Latin abbātia, from Classical Latin abbās (“abbot”). See abbot.
abbey (plural abbeys)
- The office or dominion of an abbot or abbess. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- 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. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- 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. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- (Britain) A residence that was previously an abbatial building.[Mid 16th century.]
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- “abbey” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 3.
- ^ Laurence Urdang (editor), The Random House College Dictionary (Random House, 1984 , ISBN 0-394-43600-8), page 1