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Etymology edit

From Middle English abbathie, from Late Latin abbātia, from abbās, abbātis (abbot). Doublet of abbey and Opatija.

Pronunciation edit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæb.ə.si/
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Noun edit

abbacy (plural abbacies)

  1. The dignity, estate, term, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    Synonym: (obsolete) abbotric

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References edit

  1. ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief, William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abbacy”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford, New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 3.

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Etymology edit

From Middle English abbathie, from Late Latin abbātia, from abbās, abbātis (abbot). Doublet of aibey.

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Noun edit

abbacy

  1. abbey

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