Abbey vs Ab - What's the difference?

abbey | ab |

As a proper noun abbey

is .

As a verb ab is

(first person singular present form of the negation verb).




(en noun)
  • The office or dominion of an abbot or abbess.
  • A monastery or society of people, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy, which is headed by an abbot or abbess; also, the monastic building or buildings.
  • From 1199 to 1203 William Punchard was the abbot of the abbey of Rievaulx, which was part of the Cistercian order of monks.
  • The church of a monastery.
  • (UK) A residence that was previously an abbatial building.
  • (capitalized) In London, the Abbey is short for Westminster Abbey, and in Scotland, the precincts of the Abbey of Holyrood.
  • See also

    * cloister * convent * friary * monastery * nunnery * priory





    (wikipedia ab)

    Etymology 1

    Abbreviation of (abdominal) (muscles).


    (en noun)
  • (informal) abdominal muscle.
  • * 2006 , H. Peter Steeves, The Things Themselves (page 75)
  • The bikinied models in most of the ESPN2 shows have abs . Many of the malnourished bikinied models in the commercials have visible rib cages. How did the two get conflated into a shared vision of beauty?
  • * 2010 , Bill Geiger, "6-pack Abs in 9 Weeks", Reps! 17:106
  • When possible, do your ab workout on a day when you're not training a major muscle group.
    Usage notes
    Most often used attributively. Substantive use is more common in the plural form (abs).

    Etymology 2

    Abbreviation of (abscess).


    (en noun)
  • (slang) An abscess caused by injecting an illegal drug, usually heroin.
  • Etymology 3

    Abbreviations, see definitions.