abbot

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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abbot (plural abbots)

  1. The superior or head of an abbey or monastery. [First attested around the early 12th century.][1][2]
    The newly appointed abbot decided to take a tour of the abbey with the cardinal's emissary.
  2. A layman who received the abbey's revenues, after the closing of the monasteries.

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  • abbot of the people: a title formerly given to one of the chief magistrates in Genoa.
  • Abbot of Misrule (or Lord of Misrule), in medieval times, the master of revels, as at Christmas; in Scotland called the Abbot of Unreason

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  1. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 2
  2. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3
  • Webster 1913

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abbot c

  1. an abbot

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