archimandrite

archimandrite

[ahr-kuh-man-drahyt]
noun Eastern Church.
1.
the head of a monastery; an abbot.
2.
a superior abbot, having charge of several monasteries.
3.
a title given to distinguished celibate priests.

Origin:
1585–95; < Late Latin archimandrīta < Late Greek archimandrī́tēs abbot, equivalent to Greek archi- archi- + Late Greek mándr(a) monastery (Greek: fold, enclosure) + -ītēs -ite1

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archimandrite (ˌɑːkɪˈmændraɪt)
 
n
Greek Orthodox Church the head of a monastery or a group of monasteries
 
[C16: from Late Latin archimandrīta, from Late Greek arkhimandritēs, from archi- + mandra monastery]

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