Definition of abbot
: the superior of a monastery for men
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This is normally done by the abbot of a local Buddhist temple.
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Origin and Etymology of 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”
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
ABBOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of abbot for English Language Learners
: a man who is the head of a monastery
ABBOT Defined for Kids
Definition of abbot for Students
: the head of an abbey for men
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