Noun Abbey Definition and Examples







The building or buildings occupied by a community of monks or nuns.
  1. 'There was a boom in the building of castles, abbeys, and priories.'
  2. 'Iona, and its subordinate abbeys, accepted the Roman Church early in the eighth century, but the Scottish Church did not conform entirely.'
  3. 'The abbey and college are also Ryedale's second largest employer and trustees are asking planners to consider the benefits to the local economy.'
  4. 'A native and monk of Sherborne, Stephen joined the abbey of Molesme near Dijon.'
  5. 'The monasteries and abbeys were the basis of church life.'
  6. 'It has a long and glorious history - the earliest chandeliers date to before the Reformation, when they could be found in the cavernous interiors of medieval churches and abbeys across Europe.'
  7. 'He has attended several retreats at the abbey, run by the Catholic order of Benedictine monks.'
  8. 'Whether they were to serve the purposes of missionaries, monks, or emperors these manuscripts were mostly produced in the scriptoria or cloisters of abbeys and monasteries.'
  9. 'Æthelbald, king of Mercia, had a church built over his tomb, which later became the abbey of Crowland.'
  10. 'Aelred, a friend and follower of St. Bernard, defined holy friendship for the monks of his abbey.'
  11. 'Among all the great places of worship in London - St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral - one of the best known is St. Martin-in-the-Fields.'
  12. 'We do not have a cathedral or abbey and appear to be unable to look after the few historic and protected buildings that we have in the town, a town which most people seem to like and are proud of.'
  13. 'The annual service is held at a different abbey or cathedral in the UK every year.'
  14. 'He pointed to the space between the two towers of the abbey church.'
  15. 'The places chosen for these unorthodox interments were often sites of ancient churches or graveyards, or of ruined abbeys etc.'
  16. 'On one of our last days we found ourselves in a church we'd never heard of, the abbey of Mozac near Clermont-Ferrand.'
  17. 'Inside the abbey people sat quietly in the choir stalls or on chairs in front of lit candles, absorbed in prayer or contemplation.'
((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.|--|)

noun, plural abbeys.

1. a monastery under the supervision of an abbot or a convent under the supervision of an abbess.

2. the group of buildings comprising such a monastery or convent.

3. the church of an abbey.


"There can be abbey churches."
"There can be abbey lives."
"There can be abbey shares."
"There can be abbey roads."
"There can be abbey stadiums."
"There can be abbey gates."
"There can be abbey mills."
"There can be abbey ruins."
"There can be abbey bids."
"There can be abbey ups."
"There can be abbey streets."
"There can be abbey parks."
"There can be abbey fields."
"There can be abbey woods."
"There can be abbey people/places/organizations."
"There can be abbey houses."
"There can be abbey buildings."
"There can be abbey walls."
"There can be abbey theatres."
"There can be abbey offers."

Middle English: from Old French abbeie, from medieval Latin abbatia ‘abbacy’, from abbas, abbat- (see abbot).

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