a monastery under the supervision of an abbot or a convent under the supervision of an abbess.
the group of buildings comprising such a monastery or convent.
the church of an abbey.
Edward, 1927–89, U.S. novelist and nature writer.
Edwin Austin, 1852–1911, U.S. painter and illustrator.
a female given name, form of .
Contemporary Examples

Well, obvious not in abbey Road Studios—as abbeys, Roads, and Studios were not existing 250.000.000 Years ago.
YouTube, Netflix, and the Death of Television Rich Goldstein November 13, 2013

As three streets out of four take their name from a church or an abbey, there seems every chance of further sacrilege there.
David’s Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah David Frum September 28, 2012

They might well have been killed had not a heroic teacher named abbey Clements pulled them to safety.
The NRA Even Gets the Sandy Hook Body Count Wrong December 21, 2012

The label owns the famed abbey Road Studios, which is as much an English institution as it is a musical one.
A Storied Record Label Hits the Skids Peter Lauria October 30, 2010

Then, at 5:10 a.m., Prince William and Prince Harry, his best man and younger brother, will make their way to the abbey.
And We’re Off! The Daily Beast April 28, 2011

Historical Examples

He must needs hurry over to the abbey, and take the field-path in which he had so often walked and talked with Leonore.
Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford

They may have been removed there from the abbey for safety at the time of the dissolution.
Yorkshire Painted And Described Gordon Home

He died peacefully, and the abbey came into the possession of a distant branch of the Treherne family.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851. Various

Henry’s body was carried home, and buried in the abbey of Hales.
Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II Charlotte Mary Yonge

At Cleeve the reverse has happened; the church has totally disappeared, but the abbey buildings are nearly intact.
In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy

a building inhabited by a community of monks or nuns governed by an abbot or abbess
a church built in conjunction with such a building
such a community of monks or nuns

mid-13c., “convent headed by an abbot or abbess,” from Anglo-French abbeie, Old French abaïe, from Late Latin abbatia, from abbas (genitive abbatis); see abbot.


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