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archimandrite

[ahr-kuh-man-drahyt] /ˌɑr kəˈmæn draɪt/
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
1585-1595
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/
noun
1.
(Greek Orthodox Church) the head of a monastery or a group of monasteries
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin archimandrīta, from Late Greek arkhimandritēs, from archi- + mandra monastery
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