ab·​bot | \ ˈa-bət How to pronounce abbot (audio) \

Definition of abbot

: the superior of a monastery for men

Examples of abbot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After securing approval from the abbot, Father Sydor and five other priests-in-training had climbed the tower and taken turns pounding the batons of the carillon with their fists. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 According to the resolution, the video accuses Ho, Manzo and Do of conspiring to persecute Venerable Vien Ly, the abbot of Chua Dieu Ngu Buddhist temple in Westminster. Anh Dostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 As Dunne researched sites for a future Utah monastery in the 1940s, Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton wrote that the abbot disguised himself by wearing Army pants and a windbreaker to keep his identity — and intentions — secret. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 After the original paint started going bad years ago, monks applied new coats on top as a temporary measure, said Bhante Soorakkulame Pemaratana, abbot of the temple. Arkansas Online, 11 Nov. 2021 This is a favorite among those looking to arrange a self-retreat, with instruction in mindfulness meditation and Buddhist philosophy from the English-speaking abbot, Ajahn Sanong Katapunyo or from a resident nun who also teaches in English. Joe Cummings, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 Back at Benet, the abbot’s statement taking issue with the coach’s hiring cast gloom over alumni who days earlier were celebrating a victory. John Keilman,, 30 Sep. 2021 On the day after the February coup, Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of the putsch, prostrated himself at the feet of a senior Buddhist abbot. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 29 Aug. 2021 On the day after the February coup, General Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of the putsch, prostrated himself at the feet of a senior Buddhist abbot. New York Times, 28 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of abbot

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abbot

Middle English abbot, abbod, going back to Old English, borrowed from Late Latin abbāt-, abbās, borrowed from Late Greek abbâs (also, a title of respect given to monks), borrowed from Aramaic abbā "father"

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6 May 2022

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“Abbot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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ab·​bot | \ ˈa-bət How to pronounce abbot (audio) \

Kids Definition of abbot

: the head of an abbey for men


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