A residence that was previously an abbatial building.
From A.D. 1250 in Middle English abbey, abbeye (compare archaic English abbaye), itself borrowed from Old French abaie, abbaïe, abeïe, abbeie (Modern French abbaye) from Late Latin or Ecclesiastical Latin abbātia, from Classical Latin abbās. abbacy, and Opatija. See abbot.
Image:Fountains Abbey view crop1 2005-08-27.jpg|400px|thumb|Ruins of Fountains Abbey
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