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  2. abbey, group of buildings housing a monastery or convent, centred on an abbey church or cathedral, and under the direction of an abbot or abbess. In this sense, an abbey consists of a complex of buildings serving the needs of a self-contained religious community. The term abbey is also used loosely to refer to priories, smaller monasteries under a prior.

  3. Abbey Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

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    noun. ab· bey ˈa-bē. plural abbeys. Synonyms of abbey. 1. a. : a monastery ruled by an abbot. b. : a convent ruled by an abbess.

  4. Abbey - Wikipedia

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    The concept of the abbey has developed over many centuries from the early monastic ways of religious men and women where they would live isolated from the lay community about them. Religious life in an abbey may be monastic. An abbey may be the home of an enclosed religious order or may be open to visitors. The layout of the church and associated buildings of an abbey often follows a set plan determined by the founding religious order.

  5. ABBEY | English meaning - Cambridge Dictionary

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    abbey definition: 1. a building where monks or nuns live or used to live. Some abbeys are now used as churches: 2. a…. Learn more.

  6. An abbey is a church that's part of a monastery or convent. You'll often find monks or nuns in an abbey. There are a few types of abbeys, but they're all related to intense religious dedication. An abbey can be a monastery or convent, which is either composed of monks or nuns who have withdrawn from society to live a life of poverty and chastity. You can also call a church associated with a monastery or convent an abbey.

  7. ABBEY | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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    abbey. noun [ C ] us / ˈæb.i / uk / ˈæb.i /. a building where monks or nuns live or used to live. Some abbeys are now used as churches: Westminster Abbey. More examples. We glimpsed the ruined abbey from the windows of the train. The abbey was completely rebuilt in 1503 after it had been destroyed by fire.

  8. Noun. 1. abbey - a church associated with a monastery or convent. church building, church - a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty". 2. abbey - a convent ruled by an abbess. convent - a religious residence especially for nuns. 3. abbey - a monastery ruled by an abbot.