- the head of a monastery; an abbot.
- a superior abbot, having charge of several monasteries.
- a title given to distinguished celibate priests.
Origin of archimandrite
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Examples from the Web for archimandrite
One of them was already a bishop, another an archimandrite and on the way to become a bishop.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories
After waiting a little time, he fell to arousing p. 15the Archimandrite.The Story of Tim
"Nikola, serve the rakija," said the Archimandrite a third time.
I had not realised till then that I was to sup with the Archimandrite himself.
The Archimandrite (Abbot) of Spazac, who had just arrived, came with us.The Lady of the Shroud
- Greek Orthodox Church the head of a monastery or a group of monasteries
C16: from Late Latin archimandrīta, from Late Greek arkhimandritēs, from archi- + mandra monastery
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