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archimandrite

[ ahr-kuh-man-drahyt ]
/ ˌɑr kəˈmæn draɪt /
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noun Eastern Church.

the head of a monastery; an abbot.
a superior abbot, having charge of several monasteries.
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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British Dictionary definitions for archimandrite

archimandrite
/ (ˌɑːkɪˈmændraɪt) /

noun

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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