ab·bot [ab-uht]

  1. a man who is the head or superior, usually elected, of a monastery.


before 900; Middle English, variant of abbat < Latin abbāt- (stem of abbās ) < Greek < Aramaic abbā abba; replacing Middle English, Old English abbod (compare Old High German abbat ) < Late Latin abbād- for abbāt-

Related forms

ab·bot·cy, ab·bot·ship, noun
sub·ab·bot, noun

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