See also: Abbot
- (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.
- 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 (or Lord of Misrule), in medieval times, the master of revels, as at Christmas; in Scotland called the Abbot of Unreason
- abbot of the people: a title formerly given to one of the chief magistrates in Genoa.
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 978-0198605751), page 3
- Barrère, Albert; Leland, Charles Godfrey (1889) A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume 1, page 3
- Farmer, John Stephen (1890) Slang and Its Analogues, volume 1, pages 4
- Webster 1913
- an abbot
|Declension of abbot|