Definition Of abbey
the building or buildings occupied by a community of monks or nuns.
Friaries were occupied by friars, abbeys were headed by abbots, priories by priors.
Example Of abbey
A few years after, and probably in response to, the foundation of the abbey , this church became an Augustinian priory.
A native and monk of Sherborne, Stephen joined the abbey of Molesme near Dijon.
Aelred, a friend and follower of St. Bernard, defined holy friendship for the monks of his abbey .
After his official welcome, both at the old abbey and the cathedral, he received the freedom of the city at the Town Hall.
And so it came about that it was Norman monks who established the abbey .