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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abbey  \Ab"bey\  ([a^]b"b[y^]),  n.;  pl  {Abbeys}  (-b[i^]z).  [OF. 
  aba["i]e,  abba["i]e,  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. 
 
  Syn:  Monastery;  convent;  nunnery;  priory;  cloister.  See 
  {Cloister}. 




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