plural noun

variants or less commonly Acoemetae
: monks of large 5th century and 6th century Eastern monasteries who were noted especially for their choral singing or recitation of the divine office in constant and never interrupted relays

Word History


Medieval Latin, from Late Greek akoimētoi, from plural of Greek akoimētos sleepless, from a- a- entry 2 + (assumed) koimētos, verbal of koiman to lull, put to sleep, go to sleep; akin to Greek keisthai to lie

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“Acoemeti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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