Meaning of ABBEY in English

ABBEY

n. (pl. -eys) 1 the building(s) occupied by a community of monks or nuns. 2 the community itself. 3 a church or house that was once an abbey.

[ ME f. OF abbeie etc. f. med.L abbatia ABBACY ]

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