Definition of abbot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈabət/


A man who is the head of an abbey of monks.
Example sentences
  • Friaries were occupied by friars, abbeys were headed by abbots, priories by priors.
  • He was educated by Bishop Erc of Kerry, and in time became a famous abbot and monastic founder.
  • Most of the early medieval saints were bishops, abbots, and abbesses with an impeccable social pedigree.


Old English abbod, from ecclesiastical Latin abbas, abbat-, from Greek abbas 'father', from Aramaic ῾abbā (see Abba1).

  • This comes from Aramaic ′abbā ‘father’ introduced through its use in the Bible.

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