abbacy definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. abbacies
an abbot's position, jurisdiction, or term of office
Origin: Middle English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin abbatia ; from abbas, abbot
abbacy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ab·ba·cies
The office, term, or jurisdiction of an abbot.
Origin: Middle English abbatie, from Late Latin abbātia, from abbās, abbāt-, abbot; see abbot.