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[ab-uh t] /ˈæb ət/
a man who is the head or superior, usually elected, of a monastery.
Origin of abbot
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-
Related forms
abbotcy, abbotship, noun
subabbot, noun


[ab-uh t] /ˈæb ət/
Charles Greeley, 1872–1973, U.S. astrophysicist.
Also, Ab·bott. a male given name. Unabridged
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  • With the giving of such permissions the abbot was notoriously generous.

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest Annie Nathan Meyer
  • To this abbot Kasatsky submitted himself as to his chosen director.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • Great was the consternation of the abbot when he confronted this awful apparition.

  • He was submissive to the abbot, but in the depths of his soul he never ceased to condemn him.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • Paul gazed vacantly from the zenith to the nadir, and from west to east, when suddenly his eyes fell on the abbot of Antinoe.

    Thais Anatole France
  • "Pray, do not decide too hastily, Highness," the abbot replied.

  • He felt an imaginative companionship with the aspirations of the abbot.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for abbot


the superior of an abbey of monks related adjective abbatial
Derived Forms
abbotship, abbotcy, noun
Word Origin
Old English abbod, from Church Latin abbāt- (stem of abbas), ultimately from Aramaic abbāAbba
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Word Origin and History for abbot

Old English abbod "abbot," from Latin abbatem (nominative abbas), from Greek abbas, from Aramaic abba, title of honor, literally "the father, my father," emphatic state of abh "father." The Latin fem. abbatissa is root of abbess.

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