from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A monastery supervised by an abbot.
- n. A convent supervised by an abbess.
- n. A church that is or once was part of a monastery or convent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In London, the Abbey is short for Westminster Abbey, and in Scotland, the precincts of the Abbey of Holyrood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A monastery or society of persons of either sex, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy; also, the monastic building or buildings.
- n. The church of a monastery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A monastery or convent of persons of either sex devoted to religion and celibacy, and governed by an abbot or abbess (which see).
- n. The buildings of a monastery or convent; sometimes, in particular, the house set apart for the residence of the abbot or abbess.
- n. A church now or formerly attached to a monastery or convent: as, Westminster Abbey.
- n. In Scotland, the sanctuary formerly afforded by the abbey of Holyrood Palace, as having been a royal residence.
- n. A name sometimes given to the white poplar, Populus alba.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a convent ruled by an abbess
- n. a church associated with a monastery or convent
- n. a monastery ruled by an abbot
Middle English, from Old French abaie, from Late Latin abbātia; see abbacy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From 1250 in Middle English as abbeye ("convent headed by an abbot"), from Old French abaïe, abbaïe, abeïe, abbeïe (Modern French abbaye) from Late Latin abbātia, from Classical Latin abbās ("abbot"). See abbot. (Wiktionary)