An abbot's position, jurisdiction, or term of office.
Other Word Forms
Origin of abbacy
Middle English abbatiefrom Late Latin abbātiafromabbāsabbāt-abbotabbot
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English abbatie, from Late Latin abbatia, from abbas, abbatis (“abbot”). See abbey.
Abbacy Sentence Examples
The date of his promotion to the abbacy is uncertain.
When James Beaton was translated to St Andrews in 1522 he resigned the rich abbacy of Arbroath in his nephew's favour, under reservation of one half of the revenues to himself during his lifetime.
The first outcome of the new connexion was his appointment to the abbacy of Aberbrothock by the queen regent, before her marriage, probably in June 1514.
He was now firmly established in the favour of the king, who gave him successively the abbacy of St Severin, in the diocese of Poitiers, the office of almoner to the dauphiness, and in 1685 the bishopric of Lavaur, from which he was in 1687 promoted to that of Nimes.