abbot

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abbot, abbod, abbed, from Old English abbat, abbad, abbod, from Latin abbās (father), from Ancient Greek ἀββᾶς (abbâs), 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.
  3. (archaic, British slang) A brothel-owner's husband or lover.[3][4]
  4. (archaic, British slang) A ponce; a man employed by a prostitute to find clients, and who may also act as a bodyguard or equivalent to a bouncer.[3][4]

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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 978-0198605751), page 3
  3. 3.0 3.1 “abbot” in Albert Barrère and Charles G[odfrey] Leland, compilers and editors, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume I (A–K), Edinburgh: The Ballantyne Press, 1889–1890, page 3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Farmer, John Stephen (1890) Slang and Its Analogues[1], volume 1, pages 4
  • Webster 1913

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Swedish abbot, from Latin abbās, from Ancient Greek ἀββᾶς (abbâs), from Aramaic אבא (’abbā, father).

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abbot c

  1. an abbot

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Declension of abbot 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative abbot abboten abbotar abbotarna
Genitive abbots abbotens abbotars abbotarnas

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