[ ab-ee ]
/ ˈæb i /

noun, plural ab·beys.

a monastery under the supervision of an abbot or a convent under the supervision of an abbess.
the group of buildings comprising such a monastery or convent.
the church of an abbey.

Origin of abbey

1200–50; Middle English abbey(e) < Old French abeie < Late Latin abbātia abbacy

Definition for abbey (2 of 2)

[ ab-ee ]
/ ˈæb i /


Edward,1927–89, U.S. novelist and nature writer.
Edwin Austin,1852–1911, U.S. painter and illustrator.
a female given name, form of Abigail. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for abbey

/ (ˈæbɪ) /


a building inhabited by a community of monks or nuns governed by an abbot or abbess
a church built in conjunction with such a building
such a community of monks or nuns

Word Origin for abbey

C13: via Old French abeie from Church Latin abbātia abbacy
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