Abbacy definition

ăbə-sē
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The office, term, or jurisdiction of an abbot.
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The dignity, estate, term, or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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An abbot's position, jurisdiction, or term of office.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
abbacy
Plural:
abbacies

Origin of abbacy

  • Middle English abbatie from Late Latin abbātia from abbās abbāt- abbot abbot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English abbatie, from Late Latin abbatia, from abbas, abbatis (“abbot”). See abbey.

    From Wiktionary