abbey definition

  • noun:
    • A monastery supervised by an abbot.
    • A convent monitored by an abbess.
    • A church which or used to be part of a monastery or convent.
    • In London, the Abbey is short for Westminster Abbey, plus in Scotland, the precincts for the Abbey of Holyrood.
    • A monastery or culture of individuals of either sex, secluded through the globe and specialized in faith and celibacy; also, the monastic building or structures.
    • The chapel of a monastery.
    • A monastery or convent of individuals of either intercourse devoted to faith and celibacy, and governed by an abbot or abbess (which see).
    • The structures of a monastery or convent; occasionally, particularly, your house put apart for the residence of the abbot or abbess.
    • A church today or formerly attached with a monastery or convent: as, Westminster Abbey.
    • In Scotland, the sanctuary formerly afforded by the abbey of Holyrood Palace, as having already been a royal residence.
    • A name often given to the white poplar, Populus alba.
    • a convent ruled by an abbess
    • a church related to a monastery or convent
    • a monastery ruled by an abbot

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