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Abbey

Ab´bey   Pronunciation: ăb´bŷ
n.1.A monastery or society of persons of either sex, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy; also, the monastic building or buildings.
2.The church of a monastery.
Noun1.Abbeyabbey - a church associated with a monastery or convent
2.abbey - a convent ruled by an abbess
3.abbey - a monastery ruled by an abbot

ABBEY, abbatia, is a society of religious persons, having an abbot or abbess to preside over them. Formerly some of the most considerable abbots and priors in England had seats and votes in the house of lords. The prior of St. John's of Jerusalem, was styled the first baron of England, in respect to the lay barons, but he was the last of the spiritual barons.

church, church building
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