abbey

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Inflections of 'abbey' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": abbeys

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•bey /ˈæbi/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -beys. 
  1. Religiona monastery under an abbot or a convent under an abbess.
  2. Religionthe church of such a monastery or convent:Westminster is a famous abbey.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•bey  (abē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -beys. 
  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.
  • Late Latin abbātia abbacy
  • Old French abeie
  • Middle English abbey(e) 1200–50

Ab•bey  (abē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalEdward, 1927–89, U.S. novelist and nature writer.
  2. BiographicalEdwin Austin, 1852–1911, U.S. painter and illustrator.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abbey /ˈæbɪ/ n
  1. a building inhabited by a community of monks or nuns governed by an abbot or abbess
  2. a church built in conjunction with such a building
  3. such a community of monks or nuns
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French abeie from Church Latin abbātia abbacy
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