abbey

Definitions

  • Waverley Abbey
    Waverley Abbey
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n abbey a monastery ruled by an abbot
    • n abbey a convent ruled by an abbess
    • n abbey a church associated with a monastery or convent
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Additional illustrations & photos:

In the Grounds, Waverley Abbey In the Grounds, Waverley Abbey
Americans quartered in the old abbey Americans quartered in the old abbey
Abbey of Port-royal——580 Abbey of Port-royal——580
ABBEY of LAACH in the Olden Time ABBEY of LAACH in the Olden Time
Abbey of Laach Abbey of Laach
Abbey Church, München-Gladbach Abbey Church, München-Gladbach
Battle Abbey Battle Abbey
Romsey Abbey Romsey Abbey

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first advertisement printed in English in 1477 offered a prayer book. The ad was published by William Caxton on his press in Westminster Abbey. No price was mentioned, only that the book was "good chepe."
    • Abbey 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.
    • Abbey The church of a monastery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abbey A monastery or convent of persons of either sex devoted to religion and celibacy, and governed by an abbot or abbess (which see). Royal and imperial abbeys were dependent on the supreme civil authority in their temporal administration; others were episcopal, etc. In exempt abbeys, the abbot or abbess is subject not to the bishop of the diocese, but directly to the pope.
    • n abbey The buildings of a monastery or convent; sometimes, in particular, the house set apart for the residence of the abbot or abbess. After the suppression of the English monasteries by Henry VIII. many of the abbatial buildings were converted into private dwellings, to which the name abbey is still applied, as, for example, Newstead Abbey, the residence of Lord Byron.
    • n abbey A church now or formerly attached to a monastery or convent: as, Westminster Abbey.
    • n abbey In Scotland, the sanctuary formerly afforded by the abbey of Holyrood Palace, as having been a royal residence.
    • n abbey A name sometimes given to the white poplar, Populus alba.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abbey ab′e a monastery of persons of either sex presided over by an abbot or abbess: the church now or formerly attached to it: in Newstead Abbey, &c., the name has been retained after the abbatial building had become a private house
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. abaïe, abbaïe, F. abbaye, L. abbatia, fr. abbas, abbot. See Abbot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. abaïe (Fr. abbaye)—L. abbatia, See Abba.

Usage

In literature:

He spent the day in the cloisters and wandering about the Abbey, I believe.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
On the following day by noon she came to the abbey where Arthur lay.
"Historic Tales, Vol. XIII (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The great abbey of St. Arnulphe disappeared at this time.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
Godfrey had always been treated well, indeed made rather a fuss about at Boldero Abbey.
"Leonore Stubbs" by L. B. Walford
He answered, Waltham Abbey?
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles Vol. 2" by William Lisle Bowles
In 1792 it supplemented the Abbey and Chatelet prisons, which were overcrowded.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
Well, he had to be satisfied with his title and without the Abbey; which was luck for us.
"The Brightener" by C. N. Williamson
In Dorchester itself the chief point of interest is the abbey church of St Peter and St Paul.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
As the last resting place of the great, Westminster Abbey must always be dear to Englishmen.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Many English anniversaries were celebrated yearly in the Abbey.
"The Children of Westminster Abbey" by Rose G. Kingsley
Join us to-morrow at the mill of the abbey.
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
The climax was reached, however, when she was commanded by the queen to sing in Westminster Abbey.
"Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday" by Henry C. Lahee
Suddenly Guy remembered that sometime this morning (it seemed as long ago as when Wychford Abbey was alive) Bob had been with him.
"Plashers Mead" by Compton Mackenzie
In early days our painters were Gilbert Stuart, Copley, and Benjamin West; in later years, Inness, Whistler, La Farge, Abbey, and Sargent.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
It is the abbey and the bishopric that make the abbot and the bishop, whoever be the incumbent.
"The Abbatial Crosier" by Eugène Sue
Our tourists next visited the ruin of Melrose Abbey, and found it less interesting than its historic associations.
"Zigzag Journeys in Europe" by Hezekiah Butterworth
In England small herds are kept by the duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, and by Mr C.J.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
But praise to St. Vincent and all the saints, nothing to compromise us, nor yet the Abbey of Our Lady of Montblanch!
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
Lyle Abbey had not many pretensions to beauty of architecture in itself, or to scenery in its neighborhood.
"Tony Butler" by Charles James Lever
The penance imposed was the tenure by which they and their successors were to hold the Abbey lands.
"The Ports, Harbours, Watering-places and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain Vol. 1" by William Finden
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In poetry:

The novels of Jane Austen
Are the ones to get lost in.
I wonder if Labby
Has read Northanger Abbey.
"Clerihew – Austen" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
The king is to the Abbey gane,
To pu the Abbey tree,
To scale the babe frae Marie's heart;
But the thing it wadna be.
"The Queen's Marie" by Andrew Lang
A beggar asked an alms
One day at an abbey-door,
Said Luther; but, seized with qualms,
The abbot replied, ``We're poor!
"The Twins" by Robert Browning
These find, 'mid ivied abbey-walls,
A canopy in some still nook;
Others are pent-housed by a brae
That overhangs a brook.
"A Wren's Nest" by William Wordsworth
Except among a very few
Who dined in the Abbey halls;
And then with a sigh bold Robin knew
His true friends from his false.
"Robin Hood, An Outlaw." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
Soft it clothes the ruined floor
Of many an abbey, grey and hoar,
And the still home of the dead
With its green is carpeted.
"Shamrock Song" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Downton Abbey 's Julian Fellowes writing NBC period drama.
Downton Abbey Fans – You'll Love This.
Much of the cast of MASTERPIECE PBS (Masterpiece Theatre)'s Downton Abbey is in New York promoting the show.
London counts at least 11 Abbey Roads.
The PBS series "Downton Abbey " has taken the world by storm.
World's best beer: $85 special six-packs will help rebuild Westvletern Abbey .
Belmont Station sent along this notice of pre sales of the Westvleteren 12 special presentation pack that will help rebuild the abbey note that the store won't make a dime of that $85.30 price.
Behind the scenes at "Downton Abbey ".
(CBS News) The hugely popular PBS series "Downtown Abbey " is now entering its third year.
See a scene from Downton Abbey , season 2, episode 2, which re-airs Dec 9, 2012.
New book highlights SC abbey 's crèche festival.
Thousands attend the Mepkin Abbey Crèche (kresh) Festival each year as a way to start their Christmas season.
At the abbey near Moncks Corner, they see nativity sets from the abbey 's collection of more than 700 from around the world.
'Downton Abbey ': Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt Celebrate Season 3's US Premiere.
'Downton Abbey ' Season 3: The Dowager Countess Meets Her Match.
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In science:

Abbey, S. (1988) Robust measures and the estimator limit.
Robust Estimation through Schoenberg transformations
Finally, I wish to thank my wife, Diana, for marrying me and giving me her love. I met her three years ago at a French abbey on Easter, while traveling after a physics conference at Les Houches in the French Alps.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
In the fol lowing two questions, Abbey is in a spaceship moving at high speed relative to Brendan, who is standing on an asteroid (a very smal l rock floating in space).
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results
At the instant that Abbey’s ship passes Brendan, she sends two light pulses to him from her ship.
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results
Also while Abbey’s ship passes Brendan, Brendan sends two light pulses to Abbey.
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results
In the following two questions, Abbey is in a spaceship moving at high speed relative to Brendan, who is standing on an asteroid (a very small piece of rock floating in space).
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results
At the instant that Abbey’s ship passes Brendan, she sends two light pulses to him from her ship.
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results
Also while Abbey’s ship passes Brendan, Brendan sends two light pulses to Abbey.
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results
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