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[ab-uh t]
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  1. a man who is the head or superior, usually elected, of a monastery.
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Origin of abbot

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 formsab·bot·cy, ab·bot·ship, nounsub·ab·bot, noun


[ab-uh t]
  1. Charles Greeley,1872–1973, U.S. astrophysicist.
  2. Also Ab·bott. a male given name.
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  1. the superior of an abbey of monksRelated adjective: abbatial
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Derived Formsabbotship or abbotcy, noun

Word Origin

Old English abbod, from Church Latin abbāt- (stem of abbas), ultimately from Aramaic abbā Abba
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Word Origin and History for abbot


Old English abbod "abbot," from Latin abbatem (nominative abbas), from Greek abbas, from Aramaic abba, title of honor, literally "the father, my father," emphatic state of abh "father." The Latin fem. abbatissa is root of abbess.

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