An abbey is a church that's part of a monastery or convent. You'll often find monks or nuns in an abbey.

There are a few types of abbeys, but they're all related to intense religious dedication. An abbey can be a monastery or convent, which is either composed of monks or nuns who have withdrawn from society to live a life of poverty and chastity. You can also call a church associated with a monastery or convent an abbey. That type of abbey will be run by the monks or nuns but also open to other churchgoers.

Definitions of abbey

n a church or building associated with a monastery or convent

Type of:
church, church building
a place for public (especially Christian) worship

n a convent ruled by an abbess

Type of:
a religious residence especially for nuns

n a monastery ruled by an abbot

Type of:
the residence of a religious community

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