Etymology: From Abigail.
- (given name, female, from Hebrew, ), diminutive of Abigail.
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- A monastery or society of people, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy, which is headed by an abbot or abbess; also, the monastic building or buildings.
- From 1199 to 1203 William Punchard was the abbot of the abbey of Rievaulx, which was part of the Cistercian order of monks.
- The church of a monastery.
- 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.
Etymology: First attested in w:1250, 1250, convent headed by an abbot, from Old French abaíe, abbaíe, French abbaye, Latin abbatia, from abbas abbot. See abbot.
- Dutch: abdij(nl)f
- French: abbaye(fr)f
- German: Kloster(de)n
- Italian: abbazia(it)f
- Spanish: abadía(es)f
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