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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Abbey

AB'BEY, noun plural abbeys, [from abba.]

A monastery or society of persons of either sex, secluded from the world and devoted to religion. The males are called monks, and governed by an abbot; the females are called nuns, and governed by an abbess. These institutions were suppressed in England by Henry VIII.; but they still exist in Catholic countries.