a man who is the head or superior, usually elected, of a monastery.
Origin before 900;Middle English, variant of abbat < Latinabbāt- (stem of abbās) < Greek < Aramaicabbāabba; replacing Middle English,Old Englishabbod (compare Old High Germanabbat) < Late Latinabbād- for abbāt-
Related forms abbotcy, abbotship, noun subabbot, noun
the superior of an abbey of monksRelated: abbatial
[Old English abbod, from Church Latin abbāt- (stem of abbas), ultimately from Aramaic abbāAbba]