Definitions of abbacy

  1. the jurisdiction or office of an abbot Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The dignity, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Office, dignity, or rights of an abbot. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. The dignity or office of an abbot. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. The rank and privileges of an abbot. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. The dignity or rights and privileges of an abbot. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for abbacy

  1. This celebrated man, during the two periods of his abbacy hardly rested in his efforts to beautify the Abbey. – Hertfordshire by Herbert W Tompkins
  2. Two of the oldest of the northern leaders, the Baron De Longville and the Lord of Esmond, had been first named, then the learned and courtier- like Abbot of Moberley who was beneath the insurgent banner because of the King's high- handed procedure in the matter of Moberley Abbey, where, during the absence on pilgrimage of the rightful holder, he had declared the abbacy vacant and conferred it with all its lands upon one of his shameless favorites from Normandy. – Cedric, the Forester by Bernard Gay Marshall