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archimandrite

[ahr-kuh-man-drahyt] /ˌɑr kəˈmæn draɪt/
noun, Eastern Church
1.
the head of a monastery; an abbot.
2.
a superior abbot, having charge of several monasteries.
3.
a title given to distinguished celibate priests.
Origin of archimandrite
1585-1595
1585-95; < Late Latin archimandrīta < Late Greek archimandrī́tēs abbot, equivalent to Greek archi- archi- + Late Greek mándr(a) monastery (Greek: fold, enclosure) + -ītēs -ite1
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  • I don't know what passed at their interview, but the archimandrite disappeared and I was detained.

  • One of them was already a bishop, another an archimandrite and on the way to become a bishop.

  • "Nikola, serve the rakija," said the archimandrite a third time.

    Through the Land of the Serb Mary Edith Durham
  • I had not realised till then that I was to sup with the archimandrite himself.

    Through the Land of the Serb Mary Edith Durham
  • They gave me that magnificent name in honour of a kinsman, an archimandrite, to whom I am-48- indebted for nothing else.

    Smoke Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
  • The archimandrite (Abbot) of Spazac, who had just arrived, came with us.

  • How funny was that story about the archimandrite of Czernovitch!

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • If they want to become Bishops they can go to the archimandrite for themselves.

    King John of Jingalo Laurence Housman
  • They paid close attention to the counsels of the archimandrite, and died quite penitent.

  • And deficiency in their demeanor was quite covered by the deportment of the archimandrite.

    King John of Jingalo Laurence Housman
British Dictionary definitions for archimandrite

archimandrite

/ˌɑːkɪˈmændraɪt/
noun
1.
(Greek Orthodox Church) the head of a monastery or a group of monasteries
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin archimandrīta, from Late Greek arkhimandritēs, from archi- + mandra monastery
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