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.

  • Among all the great places of worship in London - St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey , Southwark Cathedral - one of the best known is St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

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