noun Eastern Church.
the head of a monastery; an abbot.
a superior abbot, having charge of several monasteries.
a title given to distinguished celibate priests.
< Late Latin archimandrīta
< Late Greek archimandrī́tēs
abbot, equivalent to Greek archi- archi-
+ Late Greek mándr
) monastery (Greek:
fold, enclosure) + -ītēs -ite1