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abbot

[ab-uht]
noun
a man who is the head or superior, usually elected, of a monastery.

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 (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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