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See also: Abbot
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”). Doublet of abba, abbé, and bwana.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈæb.ət/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈæb.ət/
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- Homophone: Abbot
- Rhymes: -æbət
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.
- The pastor and/or administrator of an order, including minor and major orders starting with the minor order of porter.
- A layman who received the abbey's revenues, after the closing of the monasteries.
- (archaic, British slang) A brothel-owner's husband or lover.
- (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.
- Abbot of Misrule
- abbot of the people
- Abbot of Unreason
- abbot on the cross
- Abbots Bromley
- Abbots Langley
- Abbots Ripton
- Aston Abbotts
- croziered abbot
- Manningford Abbots
- Milton Abbot
- mitred abbot, mitered abbot
- Newton Abbot
- titular abbot
- Gullah: aabut
superior or head of an abbey or monastery
- ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , →ISBN), page 2
- ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abbot”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 3.
- Albert Barrère and Charles G[odfrey] Leland, compilers and editors (1889–1890), “abbot”, in A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant […], volume I (A–K), Edinburgh: […] The Ballantyne Press, OCLC 882571771, page 3.
- Farmer, John Stephen (1890) Slang and Its Analogues, volume 1, pages 4
- Webster 1913
- an abbot
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