Definition of archimandrite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌärkəˈmandrīt/


1The head of a large monastery or group of monasteries in the Orthodox Church.
Example sentences
  • On Monday, the second day of Easter, the six Bulgarians attended a specially-organised Easter mass, led by the archimandrite of Tripoli, Makarios.
  • ‘Look at those clouds in the East,’ said the deputy archimandrite, deliberately changing the subject.
  • A staff is also granted to archimandrites and abbots, as they are the heads of monasteries.
1.1An honorary title given to a monastic priest.
Example sentences
  • Our lesson needs only an illustration, and what better than the life of Archimandrite Gerasim Schmaltz, who was for many years the solitary guardian of St. Herman's Spruce Island Hermitage.
  • Since leaving Mt. Athos, Archimandrite Dionysios has served at a number of different posts in Greece, Europe and America, eventually spending several years as Abbot of Holy Cross Monastery in Jerusalem.


Mid 17th century: via ecclesiastical Latin, from ecclesiastical Greek arkhimandritēs, from arkhi- 'chief' + mandra 'monastery'.

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Syllabification: ar·chi·man·drite

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