Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a monastery ruled by an abbot
  2. (noun, artifact) a convent ruled by an abbess
  3. (noun, artifact) a church associated with a monastery or convent

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Alternate forms of Abbey

Derivations: abbatial

Hypernyms: church, church building, convent, monastery

Origin of the word Abbey

  1. mid-13c., "convent headed by an abbot or abbess," from Anglo-Fr. abbeie, from O.Fr. abaie, from L.L. abbatia, from abbas (gen. abbatis); see abbot. more

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Words that sound like Abbey

a few, aave, ab, aba, abaya, abb, abbe, abo, above, aby, abye, afp, ahab, ape, apia, av, avahi, avo, avow

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