- A man who is the head of an abbey of monks.More 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).