Abbot meaning

ăbət
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The superior of a monastery.
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Used as a title for such a person.
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A man who is head of an abbey of monks.
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(person) 1872-1973; U.S. astrophysicist.
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The superior or head of an abbey or monastery. [First attested around the early 12th century.]

The newly appointed abbot decided to take a tour of the abbey with the cardinal's emissary.

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A layman who received the abbey's revenues, after the closing of the monasteries.
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Origin of abbot

  • Middle English abbod from Old English from Late Latin abbās abbāt- from Greek abbā, abbās from Aramaic ’abbā my father ℵb in Semitic roots

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

  • From Middle English abbot, abbod, abbed, from Old English abbat, abbad, abbod, from Latin abbās (“father”), from Ancient Greek ἀββᾶς (abbas), from Aramaic אבא (’abbā, “father”). Compare abba, abbé.

    From Wiktionary