UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈæbəsɪ/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(abə sē)

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•ba•cy  (abə sē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -cies. 
  1. the rank, rights, privileges, or jurisdiction of an abbot.
  2. the term of office of an abbot.
  • Late Latin abbātia (compare abbey), equivalent. to abbāt- (see abbot) + -ia -ia
  • late Middle English abbacie, abbat(h)ie 1400–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abbacy /ˈæbəsɪ/ n ( pl -cies)
  1. the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess
Etymology: 15th Century: from Church Latin abbātia, from abbāt- abbot
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