he·​gu·​men | \ hə̇ˈgyümə̇n \
plural -s

Definition of hegumen

: 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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History and Etymology for hegumen

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

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“Hegumen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hegumen. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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