Definition of abbey noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæbi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbi//
Religious buildings, Religious places
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a large church together with a group of buildings in which monks or nuns live or lived in the past Westminster Abbey a ruined abbey See related entries: Religious buildings, Religious places Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French abbeie, from medieval Latin abbatia ‘abbacy’, from abbas, abbat-, from Greek abbas ‘father’, from Aramaic 'abbā.
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