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.

Etymology: ME f. OF abbeie etc. f. med.L abbatia ABBACY

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.