ar·​chi·​man·​drite ˌär-kə-ˈman-ˌdrīt How to pronounce archimandrite (audio)
: a dignitary in an Eastern church ranking below a bishop
specifically : the superior of a large monastery or group of monasteries

Word History


Late Latin archimandrites, from Late Greek archimandritēs, from Greek archi- + Late Greek mandra monastery, from Greek, fold, pen

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of archimandrite was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Archimandrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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