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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
abbey
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
benedictine
▪ The original town had been founded with a new market place in 1135-9 by the Benedictine abbey there.
cistercian
▪ At Pipewell in Northamptonshire, earthworks remain of the pre-existing hamlet, mixed up with earthworks of the Cistercian abbey buildings.
great
▪ It had magnificent vaults based on the conceptions of Imperial Rome and was one of the great abbeys of its age.
ruined
▪ At home the prevailing taste was for more picturesque remains, ruined abbeys and medieval churches.
▪ For a second or two the moon escapes from behind the rushing clouds casting silvery shadows on the ruined abbey.
▪ At that moment they reached the ruined abbey and she fell silent at its sheer beauty.
▪ St Albans with its Verulamium, ruined abbey and rose gardens is 15 miles away.
■ NOUN
church
▪ Early the next morning Benjamin attended mass in the abbey church then roused me.
▪ The abbey church is a magnificent example of these domed churches; it is 275 feet long.
▪ From Chinon Henry's body was carried to Fontevraud and laid in the abbey church.
▪ Several large abbey churches survive, mainly built in brick, and all carefully restored.
▪ It was probably used by travellers and villagers as the abbey church would, most likely, have served only the monks.
▪ He visited his father's body where it lay in the abbey church of Fontrevault.
▪ He cast a bell for the newly rebuilt abbey church.
▪ A fine example of this type of abbey church is that at Løgumkloster, founded in 1173 by the Cistercian Order.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A land where meandering rivers flow through breathtaking scenery and beside magnificent abbeys and castles.
▪ At Bury, for instance, the abbey owned the whole site and could lay it out as it pleased.
▪ At home the prevailing taste was for more picturesque remains, ruined abbeys and medieval churches.
▪ But the history and the atmosphere of Kirkstead does not end at the abbey ruins.
▪ Opposite, the fields of the abbey stretched to its grey stone walls.
▪ The abbey was surrendered the same year.
▪ Today this is grazing land for sheep, as most of the surrounding area has been since the founding of the abbey.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Abbey

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
abbey

mid-13c., "convent headed by an abbot or abbess," from Anglo-French abbeie, Old French abaïe, from Late Latin abbatia, from abbas (genitive abbatis); see abbot.

Wiktionary
abbey

n. 1 (given name female diminutive=Abigail). 2 (given name male diminutive=Albert). 3 A British surname.

WordNet
abbey
  1. n: a church associated with a monastery or convent

  2. a convent ruled by an abbess

  3. a monastery ruled by an abbot

Wikipedia
Abbey

An abbey is a complex of buildings used by members of a religious order under the governance of an abbot. It provides a place for religious activities, work and housing of Christian monks and nuns. The concept of the abbey has developed over many centuries from the early monastic ways of religious men and women where they would live isolated from the lay community about them. Religious life in an abbey may be monastic. An abbey may be the home of an enclosed religious order or may be open to visitors. The layout of the church and associated buildings of an abbey often follows a set plan determined by the founding religious order. Abbeys are often self-sufficient while using any abundance of produce or skill to provide care to the poor and needy, refuge to the persecuted or education to the young. Some abbeys offer accommodation to people who are seeking spiritual retreat. There are now famous abbeys in Britain and in Europe.

Abbey (1922 automobile)

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 gear and friction drive. The two-seater model sold for ₤315.

Very few seem to have been made.

After 1922 the car may have been sold as the Lewis.

Abbey (disambiguation)

Abbey in itself denotes the Christian monastic community and its buildings, that is presided over by an abbot.

Abbey (Barking and Dagenham ward)

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 (UK) were elected for a four-year term in office. The population in was .

Abbey (Lincoln ward)

Lincoln Abbey Ward is one of eleven electoral districts within the city of Lincoln, England. For this ward there are three Councillors 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. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 11,426.

Abbey (coachbuilder)

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.

Arthur P Compton set up several coachbuilding businesses, including Compton, Sons and Terry which was founded in 1929 in Merton, South West London. He left this in 1930 to set up on his own and the other partner D.H. Terry with D.H.B. Power renamed the company Abbey Coachworks. In 1933 the company moved to larger premises in Acton, North West London. In 1936 they took over the Wingham brand from Martin Walter and changed their name to Wingham Martin Walter. They exhibited at the 1937 London Motor Show under the new name but by the late 1930s custom coachbuilding on car maker's chassis was in terminal decline and they seem to have gone out of business shortly afterwards. Martin Walter themselves remained in business and after World War II made a range of motor caravans under the Dormobile name.

Abbey seem to have concentrated on short production runs rather than bespoke bodywork. Cars they equipped included the Wolseley Hornet Special, Rover 20 and various MGs particularly their MG Magna, Fords, Hillmans and Vauxhalls. Some of their production was for other coachbuilders such as Jarvis of Wimbledon and was sold under names other than Abbey.

Abbey (surname)

Abbey is a surname. It may refer to one of the following people:

  • Bert Abbey (1869–1962), American baseball player
  • David Abbey (born 1941), English cricketer
  • Edward Abbey (1927–1989), American author
  • Edwin Austin Abbey (1852–1911), artist and illustrator
  • George Abbey (born 1932), American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) official
  • George Abbey (footballer) (born 1978), Nigerian footballer
  • Graham Abbey (born 1971), Canadian actor
  • Henry Abbey (1842–1911), American poet
  • Henry Eugene Abbey (1846–1896), theatre manager and producer
  • Joe Abbey (1925–2014), American football player
  • John Abbey (organ builder) (1785–1859), English organ builder
  • John Roland Abbey (1894–1969), English book collector
  • Leon Abbey (1900–1975), American jazz violinist and bandleader
  • Lynn Abbey (born 1948), American author
  • Nathan Abbey (born 1978), English football (soccer) player
  • Ross Abbey (born 1953), Australian rules football player
  • Zema Abbey (born 1977), English football (soccer) player
Abbey (Reading ward)

Abbey is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. The ward 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. The ruins of Reading Abbey lie within the boundaries of the ward, a fact from which it derives its name.

As with all wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham, it elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four.

In 2011, 2012 and 2014 a Labour Party candidate won each election. These councillors are currently, in order of election: Mohammed Ayub, Tony Page and Bet Tickner.

Abbey (Derby ward)

Abbey is an electoral ward in the city of Derby, England. It includes the areas of California, Rowditch, and St Lukes, as well as a small part of Normanton. Part of its eastern boundary is formed by Abbey Street, from which the ward takes its name. It is a largely residential area, with a mixture of Victorian terraced housing and 20th century suburban development. The population was 15,334 in 2011.

Usage examples of "abbey".

Please Please Me George Martin thought it was time for an album, and they were even given a day off to get down to London from Sunderland, in order to be fresh on the morning of 11 February when they were due to record ten new songs at Abbey Road.

The first session for the Revolver album was held at Abbey Road on 6 April 1966.

In their quest to provide the best-value album ever, the Beatles even addressed themselves to this and on 21 April they went to Abbey Road for the final recording session of the album.

Almost all the songs that would appear on the White Album and Abbey Road were composed in those few productive weeks.

The Beatles managed to avoid most of the day-to-day madness of Apple by first going to India, then disappearing into Abbey Road to record The Beatles, or the White Album, as it is universally known.

Despite the acrimonious disputes between them, the Let It Be sessions merged with very little gap into sessions for what was to become their next released album, Abbey Road.

Whereas each track on the White Album is considered the work of an individual Beatle, Abbey Road has a deceptive unity created by making the whole of side two into a medley.

Ad Lib club, 132-4, 139 Adams, John and Marina, 126, 254 Aitken, Jonathan, 228 Albufeira, Portugal, 204 album sleeve designs, 333-48, 500-506, albums, by the Beach Boys, 280-81 by the Beatles Abbey Road, 550-59, 565 Beatles: Love Songs, Beatles for Sale, 38, 173 Let It Be, 470, 534-9, 549-51, 575, 578 Magical Mystery Tour, Please Please Me, 93, 95, 153, 583 Revolver, 190, 268, 281, 290-92 Rubber Soul, 268, 278, 290 Sgt.

When he reached the Abbey he inquired for the Almoner whose task it is to give food and clothes to the poor.

Be it yours if it suffice you not to have already seized an archbishopric, six vacant sees, and many abbeys, to the peril of your soul, and turned to secular uses the alms of your fathers, of pious kings, the patrimony of Jesus Christ!

Miss Burd if I may run over into the Abbey and leave it on the organ for him.

It was only a few hundred yards from the school to the Abbey, and Miss Burd readily gave the girls permission to take Dr.

Garrick, the celebrated actor who was buried twenty years later in Westminster Abbey, came forward and tried in vain to restore order.

His gaze dropped from the gilded altar down to the bright crimson robe of an abbey docent who was being waved over by two very familiar individuals.

Enfeebled grey light lay gasping against the windows, a reflection of the fogbound twilight that had enrobed the ridge on which the abbey sat.