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noun Eastern Church.
  1. the head of a monastery; an abbot.
  2. a superior abbot, having charge of several monasteries.
  3. a title given to distinguished celibate priests.
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Origin of archimandrite

1585–95; < Late Latin archimandrīta < Late Greek archimandrī́tēs abbot, equivalent to Greek archi- archi- + Late Greek mándr(a) monastery (Greek: fold, enclosure) + -ītēs -ite1
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Examples from the Web for archimandrite

Historical Examples

  • One of them was already a bishop, another an archimandrite and on the way to become a bishop.

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  • After waiting a little time, he fell to arousing p. 15the Archimandrite.

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for archimandrite


  1. Greek Orthodox Church the head of a monastery or a group of monasteries
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Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin archimandrīta, from Late Greek arkhimandritēs, from archi- + mandra monastery
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