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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abbot, archimandritenoun

    the superior of an abbey of monks


  1. abbotnoun

    The superior or head of an abbey or monastery.

    The newly appointed abbot decided to take a tour of the abbey with the cardinal's emissary.

  2. abbotnoun

    One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys. "Encyclopedia Britannica"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ABBOTnoun

    The chief of a convent, or fellowship of canons. Of these, some in England were mitred, some not: those that were mitred, were exempted from the jurisdiction of the diocesan, having in themselves episcopal authority within their precincts, and being also lords of parliament. The other sort were subject to the diocesan in all spiritual government. John Cowell See ABBEY.

    Etymology: in the lower Latin abbas, from אב father, which sense was implied; so that the abbots were called patres, and abbesses matres monasterii. Thus Venatius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus to the abbot Paternus: Nominis officium jure, Paterne, geris.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abbotnoun

    the superior or head of an abbey

  2. Abbotnoun

    one of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys

  3. Etymology: [AS. abbod, abbad, L. abbas, abbatis, Gr. 'abba^s, fr. Syriac abb father. Cf. Abba, Abb.]


  1. Abbot

    The word abbot, meaning father, is a title given to the head of a monastery in various traditions, including Christianity. This article is intended to present facts related to the role and history associated with abbots in Christianity. The office may also be given as an honorary title to a clergyman who is not actually the head of a monastery. The female equivalent is abbess.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abbot

    ab′ut, n. the father or head of an abbey:—fem. Abb′ess.—n. Ab′botship. [L. abbas, abbatisAbba.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Abbot

    head of an abbey. There were two classes of abbots: Abbots Regular, as being such in fact, and Abbots Commendatory, as guardians and drawing the revenues.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Abbot in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Abbot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Abbot in a Sentence

  1. Frank Hargrave:

    An investigation in 1522 suggested that he was corrupt with stories that he had fathered a son ‘with a club foot’ within the local community although these kinds of stories were often fabricated by Henry’s commissioners as they were encouraged to dig up as much dirt as they could, probably to help the dangerous situation in the northwest, a local aristocrat, Sir William Brereton managed to have the Abbot’s death sentence cancelled and he and his canons were pensioned off with the closure of Norton Abbey.

  2. The King:

    The north of England was out of step with the rest of the country at this time – far more conservative and in favor of the traditions of the Catholic Church so open rebellion was a real threat, someone more in tune with the local situation may have convinced the King that such a cruel sentence would martyr the abbot and exacerbate problems in the northwest.

  3. Jim Lehrer:

    I now know how Abbot felt when Costello left, how Brinkley felt when Huntley left, how Sears felt when Roebuck left, and, of course, how Dan Rather felt when Connie left. (at Robert MacNeil's retirement dinner)

  4. An MIT spokesperson:

    Prof. Abbot embraced this offer, and the department has been working with him on setting a date.

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    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    • A. eminent
    • B. defiant
    • C. ambidextrous
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