Abbot Definition

ăbət
abbots
noun
abbots
The superior of a monastery.
American Heritage
A man who is head of an abbey of monks.
Webster's New World
Used as a title for such a person.
American Heritage

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.
Wiktionary

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

Wiktionary
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proper name
1872-1973; U.S. astrophysicist.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Abbot

Noun

Singular:
abbot
Plural:
abbots

Origin of Abbot

  • 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

  • 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

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