Meaning of “abbey” in the English Dictionary

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"abbey" in British English

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abbeynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæb.i/ us /ˈæb.i/

a building where monks or nuns live or used to live. Some abbeys are now used as churches:

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  • We glimpsed the ruined abbey from the windows of the train.
  • The abbey was completely rebuilt in 1503 after it had been destroyed by fire.
  • The town's fame rests on its beautiful 14th-century abbey.
  • The abbey was recently restored after decades of disuse.
  • We walked through the ruins of the abbey.

(Definition of “abbey” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abbey" in American English

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abbeynoun [ C ]

us /ˈæb·i/

a building for monks (= religious men) or nuns (= religious women) to live in

(Definition of “abbey” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)