Abbacy vs Abbey - What's the difference?

abbacy | abbey |


As a noun abbacy

is the dignity, estate, term, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess .

As a proper noun abbey is

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abbacy

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Alternative forms

  • abbotric
  • abbotrick
  • Noun

    (abbacies)
  • The dignity, estate, term, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess.
  • References

    abbey

    English

    Noun

    (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

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