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Definition of the noun abbey

What does abbey mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abbeys

  1. a church associated with a monastery or convent
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: church / church building = a place for public (especially Christian) worship
  2. a convent ruled by an abbess
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: convent = a religious residence especially for nuns
  3. a monastery ruled by an abbot
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: monastery = the residence of a religious community

Alternative definition of the noun abbey


  1. A monastery or society of people, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy, which is headed by an abbot; also, the monastic building or buildings.
  2. The church of a monastery.
  3. In London, the Abbey is short for 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.


  1. Abbey is a village within rural municipality Miry Creek No. 229. Abbey ranked 4,287 in terms of population in Canada. This village is in southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada, northwest of Swift Current in Division No. 8. Abbey is serviced by Highway 32 near Highway 738.
  2. Abbey is an electoral ward in Reading, Berkshire. It covers the centre of the town, south of the River Thames, and is bordered by Battle, Park, Redlands, Katesgrove and Minster wards. Across the river it is bordered by Thames and Caversham wards.
  3. Abbey is a village in the English county of Devon. It is located in the Blackdown Hills.
  4. Abbey is a political division returning three Councillors to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. At the 2006 election Jeanne Alexander, Graham Bramley, and Mohammed Fani all of the Labour Party were elected for a four year term in office. The population in 2011 was 12786.
  5. Abbey: Lincoln Abbey Ward is one of eleven electoral districts within the city of Lincoln, England. For this ward there are three Councilors who are Kathleen Brothwell Deputy Mayor of Lincoln and member of the Labour party, Fay Smith of the Labour party and Peter West of the Labour party.

There are other places with in their name, like New Abbey, Abbey Dore, Abbey Hill, Abbey Mead, Abbey Road, Abbey Wood, Bath Abbey, Cong Abbey, Dale Abbey, Dore Abbey, Hyde Abbey, Iona Abbey, Melk Abbey, Prüm Abbey, Selz Abbey, Sorø Abbey, Tart Abbey, Abbey Craig, Abbey Green.


  1. Abbey a.k.a. Sam Hardy was an American stage and film actor who appeared in around seventy feature films during the silent and early sound eras.
  2. Abbey a.k.a. Abbey Wade is an actor and voice actor.
  3. Abbey a.k.a. Barbara Curran was the mother of Francis Ford and John Ford.

There are other people with in their name, like Abbey Nex, Bay Abbey, Joe Abbey, Leo Abbey, May Abbey, Abbey Cook, Abbey Hoes, Abbey Luck, Bert Abbey and many others.


Abbey is a canine actor.


  1. Abbey is a fictional character in the 2012 film Extracted.
  2. Abbey is a fictional character from the 2011 film Cross.
  3. Abbey is a fictional character from the 1919 film Three Men and a Girl.
  4. Abbey is a fictional character from the 2012 film V/H/S.
  5. Abbey is a fictional film character.
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There are other characters with in their name, like Nancy Abbey and Abbey Bartlet.


"Abbey" is a composition.


  1. Abbey a.k.a. Abé Language: Abé is a language of uncertain classification within the Kwa branch of the Niger–Congo family. It is spoken in Ivory Coast.
  2. The Abbey was a wooden brigantine that was wrecked at Crowdy Head, New South Wales in 1868.
  3. Abbey Coachworks Limited was a British coachbuilding business based in Merton, South West London and later Acton, North West London and was active between 1930 and about 1938.
  4. The Abbey was a short-lived friction drive car assembled by the Abbey Auto Engineering Co. Ltd in Westminster, England. It used a 10.8 hp 1498 cc Coventry-Simplex engine. It was built in 1922 only and cost £315. It also had Marles steering and friction drive. The two-seater model sold for ₤315.

Phrases with Abbey

  1. Abbey-Lubber
  2. westminster abbey

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abbey

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Google previewPilgrimage in Europe and America (2007)

by Giacomo Beltrami

Westminster Abbey is the finest specimen of Gothic architecture in London, and one of the most ancient in Christendom ; it is not inferior to the best we have in Italy, or to any of those we have seen in France, or the Low Countries. Though it is ...

Google previewThe Royal Wedding For Dummies (2011)

by Julian Knight

Westminster Abbey is a massive building catering to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year; it's also a fully working church with its very own choir. The person who ensures that the magnificent building is kept in tip-top condition is the ...

Google previewBRIDES FOR BROTHERS (2015)

Harlequin Comics by DEBBIE MACOMBER

Single mother Abbey is a librarian in a small Alaskan town, a town that happens to be filled with single men.

Google previewThe Hound and the Falcon (1993)

by Judith Tarr

Ruan's Abbey is a monk and a scholar, a religious man whose vocation is beyond question.

Google previewDesperate Housedogs (2011)

by Sparkle Abbey

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series.

Google previewGet Fluffy (2012)

by Sparkle Abbey

Sparkle Abbey is the writing team of Anita Carter and Mary Lee Woods.

Google previewDecisions of the Court of King's Bench, Upon the Laws Relating to the Poor (1793)

Originally Published by Edmund Bott. Now Revised, Corrected, and Considerably Enlarged; with Tables of the Cases; and a Complete Digest of the Principal Matters; the 3d Ed.; in which the Statutes; the Reported Decisions, from the Reign of Queen Elizabeth to Michaelmas Term the Thirty-third of George the Third; and Many Cases Never Before Published Upon this Subject, are Properly Arranged; and the Whole System of the Poor Laws Placed in a Clear and Perspicuous Point of View by Francis Const

Ronton Abbey is an extraparochial place, containing four or five hundred acres of land, three hundred and fifty of arable and pasture, and fifty of wood, upon which there are now three houses ; one a very large farm-house, occupied by Mrs.


Woburn Abbey is a regular quadrangle of peat extent, having a large area or court within ; the apartments are elegant, superbly ornamented, and they contain a splendid library, and a valuable collection of portraits of the family of the Russells.

Google previewOne Last Wave

by J. A. Taylor

Abbey is a black Labrador. Mittens is a mutt of unknown breeds. Tobey is an Alsatian, and Captain is a Doberman. Cora comes as far as the fence, but turns back. The others scramble off into the bush and find a way to crawl under the fence.

Google previewDelphi Complete Novels of Maria Edgeworth (Illustrated) (2013)

by Maria Edgeworth

Austen's portrayal ofIsabella Thorpe inNorthanger Abbey is a farmoreacerbic attack on the cult ofsensibility andthis characterisation aligns more with Edgeworth's apparent vision inher 1806novel. Olivia's excess ofemotion and feeling is ...

Google previewThe Glenstal Book of Daily Prayer (2009)

A Benedictine Prayer Book by Liturgical Press

Glenstal Abbey is a Benedictine Community located in Murroe, Co Limerick, Ireland. The abbey was founded in 1927 from Maredsous in Belgium and became the first Benedictine community in Ireland since the Reformation. It was founded in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Monasticism (2013)

by William M. Johnston

Benedictine abbey, since 1541 a cathedral, Gloucester, England. The fan-vaulted cloister walk dates from c. 1370. Photo courtesy of Chris Schabel 13th-century presbytery and its flying buttresses; the transepts; the cloister, built Before ...

Google previewA Dictionary of London Place-Names (2010)

by A. D. Mills

Abbey Mills (at Stratford) Newham. Now the name of a Victorian pumping station built in 1865, but once the name of a watermill here, recorded as Wiggemulne 1312, lez Abbey Milles early 16th century, Wiggen Mill otherwise TheAbbey Mill ...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia

and the community's apostolic or contemplative nature, the abbey complex may also include an infirmary, workshops, schools, guest house or retreat center. Although specific legislation may vary according to various orders, a monastery ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Irish Cinema (2007)

by Roderick Flynn, Patrick Brereton

THE DICTIONARY ABBEY THEATRE. The Abbey has been strongly associated with all the great literary figures of the Gaelic revival at the start of the 20th century, particularly W. B. Yeats and J. M. Synge, who actively sought inspiration from ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Anglicanism (2006)

by Colin Buchanan

The Dictionary _A_ ABBEY. The term “abbey” originates from the French abbaye and was used in the Middle Ages as a name for the whole monastic community over which an abbot presided. The title was also used for the main chapel or ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Catholicism (2012)

by William J. Collinge

ABBOT, ABBESS, ABBEY. (From Aramaic abba, “father.”) An abbot is superior of a monastic community in the Benedictine tradition and a few other orders. (The corresponding terms in the Eastern churches are hegumen or archimandrite.) ...

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The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative. (Edward Abbey)
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Scrabble value of A1B3B3E1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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