archimandrite

[ahr-kuh-man-drahyt]
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.

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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archimandrite

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

Word Origin for archimandrite

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