- (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.]
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