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.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈæb.ət/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈæb.ət/
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- 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.
- A layman who received the abbey's revenues, after the closing of the monasteries.
- 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
- Abbot of Misrule
- abbot of the people
- mitred abbot, mitered abbot
- titular abbot
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 0550142304), page 2
- ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3
- Webster 1913
- an abbot
Declension of abbot