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ab·bey

 (ăb′ē)
n. pl. ab·beys
1. A monastery supervised by an abbot.
2. A convent supervised by an abbess.
3. A church that is or once was part of a monastery or convent.

[Middle English, from Old French abaie, from Late Latin abbātia; see abbacy.]

abbey

(ˈæbɪ)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a building inhabited by a community of monks or nuns governed by an abbot or abbess
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a church built in conjunction with such a building
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) such a community of monks or nuns
[C13: via Old French abeie from Church Latin abbātia abbacy]

ab•bey

(ˈæb i)

n., pl. -beys.
1. a monastery under the supervision of an abbot or a convent under the supervision of an abbess.
2. the church of an abbey.
[1200–50; Middle English < Old French abeie < Late Latin abbātia abbacy]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abbey - a church associated with a monastery or conventabbey - a church associated with a monastery or convent
church building, church - a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty"
2.abbey - a convent ruled by an abbessabbey - a convent ruled by an abbess  
convent - a religious residence especially for nuns
3.abbey - a monastery ruled by an abbotabbey - a monastery ruled by an abbot  
monastery - the residence of a religious community

abbey

noun monastery, convent, priory, cloister, nunnery, friary a memorial service at Westminster Abbey
Translations
دَيْرُ الرُّهْباندَيْـر الرُّهْبَاندَيْر، كَنيسَه
абатство
opatstvíopatský chrám
abbediklosterklosterkirke
luostarikirkkoluostari
opatija
apátság
klausturklausturkirkja
僧院
대수도원
abatijavienuolynas
abatijaklosteris
opátsky chrámopátstvo
opatija
kloster
สำนักสงฆ์
manastırmanastır kilisesi
tu việnnhà tu

abbey

[ˈæbɪ]
A. Nabadía f
Westminster Abbeyla Abadía de Westminster
B. CPD abbey church Niglesia f abacial, iglesia f de abadía

abbey

[ˈæbi] nabbaye f

abbey

nAbtei f; (= church in abbey)Klosterkirche f

abbey

[ˈæbɪ] nabbazia, badia

abbey

(ˈӕbi) noun
1. the building(s) in which a Christian (usually Roman Catholic) group of monks or nuns lives.
2. the church now or formerly belonging to it. Westminster Abbey.

abbey

دَيْرُ الرُّهْبان opatství abbedi Abtei αββαείο abadía luostarikirkko abbaye opatija abbazia 僧院 대수도원 abdij kloster opactwo abadia аббатство kloster สำนักสงฆ์ manastır tu viện 修道院
References in classic literature ?
Being known on her own authority as Miss Abbey Potterson, some water-side heads, which (like the water) were none of the clearest, harboured muddled notions that, because of her dignity and firmness, she was named after, or in some sort related to, the Abbey at Westminster.
Now, you mind, you Riderhood,' said Miss Abbey Potterson, with emphatic forefinger over the half-door, 'the Fellowship don't want you at all, and would rather by far have your room than your company; but if you were as welcome here as you are not, you shouldn't even then have another drop of drink here this night, after this present pint of beer.
A stranger who knew nothing either of the Abbey or of its immense resources might have gathered from the appearance of the brothers some conception of the varied duties which they were called upon to perform, and of the busy, wide-spread life which centred in the old monastery.
His spirit must be chastened, as must that of many more in this Abbey.
The landlady sayeth they come from Fountain Abbey, in Yorkshire, and go to Lincoln on matters of business.
But when the brothers of Fountain Abbey saw who it was that sang, and how he was clad in the robes of a Gray Friar, they stopped suddenly, the fat little Brother drawing his heavy eyebrows together in a mighty frown, and the thin Brother twisting up his face as though he had sour beer in his mouth.
Just before you come to the abbey, and right on the river's bank, is Bisham Church, and, perhaps, if any tombs are worth inspecting, they are the tombs and monuments in Bisham Church.
Woodhouse was safely conveyed in his carriage, with one window down, to partake of this alfresco party; and in one of the most comfortable rooms in the Abbey, especially prepared for him by a fire all the morning, he was happily placed, quite at his ease, ready to talk with pleasure of what had been achieved, and advise every body to come and sit down, and not to heat themselves.
The old abbey flourished then; and the five sisters, living on its fair domains, paid yearly dues to the black monks of St Benedict, to which fraternity it belonged.
He dismounted weakly and knocked at the Abbey gate.
Between his camp and that of the enemy stood an old abbey, of which, at the present day, there only remain some ruins, but which then was in existence, and was called Newcastle Abbey.
Notre-Dame de Paris has not, like the Abbey of Tournus, the grave and massive frame, the large and round vault, the glacial bareness, the majestic simplicity of the edifices which have the rounded arch for their progenitor.