noun he·gu·men \hə̇ˈgyümə̇n\

Definition of hegumen



  1. :  the head of a religious community (as a small monastery) in the Eastern Church —used also as a title of honor for certain monks who are priests — compare archimandrite

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Origin and Etymology of hegumen

Late Latin hegumenus, from Late Greek hēgoumenos, from Greek hēgoumenos leader, president, from present participle of hēgeisthai to lead — more at seek

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