Abbey

Noun

  • The office or dominion of an abbot or abbess. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
  • (Britain) A residence that was previously an abbatial building.[Mid 16th century.]
  • The church of a monastery. [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."

  • (capitalized) In London, the Abbey is short for Westminster Abbey, and in Scotland, the precincts of the Abbey of Holyrood.

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