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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-ee]
    • /ˈæb i/
    • /ˈæb.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-ee]
    • /ˈæb i/

Definitions of abbey word

  • countable noun abbey An abbey is a church with buildings attached to it in which monks or nuns live or used to live. 3
  • noun abbey a building inhabited by a community of monks or nuns governed by an abbot or abbess 3
  • noun abbey a church built in conjunction with such a building 3
  • noun abbey such a community of monks or nuns 3
  • noun abbey a monastery headed by an abbot, or a convent of nuns headed by an abbess 3
  • noun abbey the monks or nuns in such a place, collectively 3

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Origin of abbey

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; Middle English abbey(e) < Old French abeie < Late Latin abbātia abbacy

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Parts of speech for Abbey


abbey popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for abbey

noun abbey

  • nunnery — a building or group of buildings for nuns; convent.
  • convent — A convent is a building in which a community of nuns live.
  • ministry — the service, functions, or profession of a minister of religion.
  • monastery — a house or place of residence occupied by a community of persons, especially monks, living in seclusion under religious vows.
  • cloister — A cloister is a covered area round a square in a monastery or a cathedral.

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