abbot

noun
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 In Thailand, a group of separatist insurgents attacked a Buddhist temple, killing the abbot and one of his fellow monks. Washington Post, "Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019," 14 Dec. 2019 Zawana Nyarna, an abbot from Taung Pyone, claims that the monks from his monastery and the six others in the village are innocent. The Economist, "Monks in Myanmar have a new target," 14 Nov. 2019 A few years ago Khin Swe Oo asked Zawana Nyarna and other local abbots for help in preventing the attacks at Taung Pyone. The Economist, "Monks in Myanmar have a new target," 14 Nov. 2019 An official registry lists the remains of 33,847 people, though a former abbot estimated that twice as many were taken to the mausoleum. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Franco’s Body Is Exhumed, as Spain Still Struggles to Confront the Past," 26 Oct. 2019 Back in the early 1300s, an abbot of the Sedlec Monastery brought back holy soil from Jerusalem and scattered it across the church’s cemetery, and suddenly everyone wanted to be buried in that sacred ground. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 But the abbot, the Venerable Ambalangoda Sumedhananda Thero, barely registered the blast. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘Our Duty to Fight’: The Rise of Militant Buddhism," 8 July 2019 He was ordered by the abbot to make a complete break. Garry Wills, Harper's magazine, "Shallow Calls to Shallow," 10 Apr. 2019 Sánchez has met opposition from Franco’s relatives and the abbot of the basilica within the huge mausoleum complex where the dictator was buried in 1975. Washington Post, "Spanish court halts government plan to exhume Franco," 5 June 2019

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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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The first known use of abbot was before the 12th century

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28 Jan 2020

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“Abbot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abbot. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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abbot

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How to pronounce abbot (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of abbot

: a man who is the head of a monastery

abbot

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

Kids Definition of abbot

: the head of an abbey for men

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