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- From Middle English abbot, abbod, abbed, from Old English abbat, abbad, abbod, from Latin abbās (“father”), from Ancient Greek ἀββᾶς (abbas), from Aramaic אבא (’abbā, “father”). Compare abba, abbé.
abbot (plural abbots)
- The superior or head of an abbey or monastery. [First attested around the early 12th century.]
- The newly appointed abbot decided to take a tour of the abbey with the cardinal's emissary.
- A layman who received the abbey's revenues, after the closing of the monasteries.
superior or head of an abbey or monastery
- Abbot of Misrule
- abbot of the people
- mitred abbot, mitered abbot
- titular abbot
- Abbot of the people: a title formerly given to one of the chief magistrates in Genoa.
- Abbot of Misrule (or Lord of Misrule), in mediæval times, the master of revels, as at Christmas; in Scotland called the Abbot of Unreason. - "Encyclopedia Britanica"
- ^ 2004 , Elliott K. Dobbie; Dunmore, C. William, et al., Barnhart, Robert K. editor, Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Edinburgh, Scotland: Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, ISBN 0550142304, page 2:
- ^ 2003 , Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 3:
- Webster 1913
- an abbot
Declension of abbot