[ ahr-kuh-man-drahyt ]

nounEastern Church.
  1. the head of a monastery; an abbot.

  2. a superior abbot, having charge of several monasteries.

  1. a title given to distinguished celibate priests.

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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How to use archimandrite in a sentence

  • I don't know what passed at their interview, but the archimandrite disappeared and I was detained.

  • They gave me that magnificent name in honour of a kinsman, an archimandrite, to whom I am-48- indebted for nothing else.

    Smoke | Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
  • He himself had lived there many years as the archimandrite, and was besieged by the Turks during his sojourn within its walls.

  • They paid close attention to the counsels of the archimandrite, and died quite penitent.

  • Tim peeping in, perceived that the archimandrite was asleep, and snoring like a hedgehog, but the lad was awake.

    The Story of Tim | Anonymous

British Dictionary definitions for archimandrite


/ (ˌɑːkɪˈmændraɪt) /

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

Origin of archimandrite

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

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