Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The church of a monastery.
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.
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\ab"bey\ (ăb"b&ybreve;), n.; pl. abbeys (-b&ibreve;z). [of. abaïe, abbaïe, f. abbaye, l. abbatia, fr. abbas abbot. see abbot.]
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.
note: the men are called monks, and governed by an abbot; the women are called nuns, and governed by an abbess.
2. the church of a monastery.
note: in london, the abbey means westminster abbey, and in scotland, the precincts of the abbey of holyrood. the name is also retained for a private residence on the site of an abbey; as, newstead abbey, the residence of lord byron.
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The group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place
To see an abbey in ruins, foretells that your hopes and schemes will fall into ignoble incompletion.
To dream that a priest bars your entrance into an abbey, denotes that you will be saved from a ruinous state by enemies mistaking your embarrassment for progress.
For a young woman to get into an abbey, foretells her violent illness. If she converses with a priest in an abbey, she will incur the censure of true friends for indiscretion.
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Society of monks or nuns governed by an abbot or for women, an abbess, and by extension the buildings themselves. Abbeys gathered unto themselves large tracts of land as wealthy men became monks, but the constant struggle between the secular authority and the church resulted in many confiscations.
A monastic community of either monks or nuns