abbot

[ab-uht]

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, variant of abbat < Latin abbāt- (stem of abbās) < Greek < Aramaic abbā abba; replacing Middle English, Old English abbod (compare Old High German abbat) < Late Latin abbād- for abbāt-

abbotcy, abbotship, noun
subabbot, noun
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Abbot

[ab-uht]
noun
1.
Charles Greeley, 1872–1973, U.S. astrophysicist.
2.
Also, Ab·bott. a male given name.
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abbot (ˈæbət)
 
n
the superior of an abbey of monksRelated: abbatial
 
Related: abbatial
 
[Old English abbod, from Church Latin abbāt- (stem of abbas), ultimately from Aramaic abbāAbba]
 
'abbotship
 
n
 
'abbotcy
 
n

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abbot
O.E. abbud, from L. abbatem (nom. abbas), from Gk. abbas, from Aramaic abba, title of honor, lit. "the father, my father," emphatic state of abh "father." The L. fem. abbatissa is root of abbess.
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abbot

the superior of a monastic community that follows the Benedictine Rule (Benedictines, Cistercians, Camaldolese, Trappists) and of certain other orders (Premonstratensians, canons regular of the Lateran). The word derives from the Aramaic ab ("father"), or aba ("my father"), which in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) and in New Testament Greek was written abbas. Early Christian Egyptian monks renowned for age and sanctity were called abbas by their disciples, but, when monasticism became more organized, superiors were called proestos ("he who rules") in the East and the Latin equivalent, praepositus, in the West.

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Newton abbot has a racecourse and boasts three country parks decoy, stover and bradley.
Newton abbot railway station is situated at the east end of queen street.
There was a monastery, the head of which was an abbot, by name, baldwin.
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