Eastern Orthodox Ch. the head of a monastery or of a number of monasteries
Origin of archimandriteEcclesiastical Late Latin archimandrita ; from Ecclesiastical Late Greek archimandrit?s ; from archi-, arch- + mandra, monastery (in Gr, pen, stall)
nounEastern Orthodox Church
- A celibate priest ranking below a bishop.
- The head of a monastery or a group of monasteries.
Origin of archimandriteLate Latin archimandr&imacron;ta, from Late Greek arkhimandr&imacron;t&emacron;s : Greek arkhi-, archi- + Late Greek mandra, monastery (from Greek, cattle pen).
- The superior of a large monastery, or group of monasteries, in the Orthodox Church.
- An honorary title sometimes given to a monastic priest.