noun (plural -cies) Etymology: Middle English abbatie, from Late Latin abbatia Date: 15th century the office, dignity, jurisdiction, or tenure of an abbot

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  • Abbacy — may refer to:* The office of an abbot * Territorial abbacy (territorial abbey) * Prince abbacy …   Wikipedia

  • Abbacy — Ab ba*cy ([a^]b b[.a]*s[y^]), n.; pl. {Abbacies} ( s[i^]z). [L. abbatia, fr. abbas, abbatis, abbot. See {Abbey}.] The dignity, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abbacy — [ab′ə sē] n. pl. abbacies [ME < LL(Ec) abbatia < abbas, ABBOT] an abbot s position, jurisdiction, or term of office …   English World dictionary

  • abbacy — /ab euh see/, n., pl. abbacies. 1. the rank, rights, privileges, or jurisdiction of an abbot. 2. the term of office of an abbot. [1400 50; late ME abbacie, abbat(h)ie < LL abbatia (cf. ABBEY), equiv. to abbat (see ABBOT) + ia IA] * * * …   Universalium

  • abbacy — noun The dignity, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot …   Wiktionary

  • Abbacy — Office of either an abbot or abbess; the Latin form is abbatia …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • abbacy — ab·ba·cy || æbÉ™sɪ n. office or position of an abbot (head of a monastery) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • abbacy — [ abəsi] noun (plural abbacies) the office of an abbot or abbess. Origin ME: from eccles. L. abbacia, from abbas, abbat (see abbot) …   English new terms dictionary

  • abbacy — ab·ba·cy …   English syllables

  • abbacy — ab•ba•cy [[t]ˈæb ə si[/t]] n. pl. cies 1) rel the rank, rights, or jurisdiction of an abbot 2) rel the term of office of an abbot • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME < LL abbātia (cf. abbey) =abbāt (see abbot) + ia …   From formal English to slang

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