plural -s
: 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

Word History


Late Latin hegumenus, from Late Greek hēgoumenos, from Greek hēgoumenos leader, president, from present participle of hēgeisthai to lead

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near hegumen

Cite this Entry

“Hegumen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hegumen. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!