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[hi-gyoo-muh n]
noun Eastern Church.
  1. the head of a monastery.
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Also he·gu·me·nos [hi-gyoo-muh-nos] /hɪˈgyu məˌnɒs/.

Origin of hegumen

1655–65; < Medieval Latin hēgūmenus < Greek hēgoúmenos chief, literally, leading, present participle of hēgeîsthai to lead
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Historical Examples

  • Eventually, though against my will, they raised me their Hegumen.

    The Prince of India, Volume I

    Lew. Wallace

  • As a teacher and example, how unlike this Hegumen was to Hilarion.

  • "Thou art a good son, Sergius," the Hegumen said, with some cheer.

  • The manner of the utterance, and the thought compelled the Hegumen's notice.

  • Sergius, did the Hegumen tell you whence this calumny had origin?

British Dictionary definitions for hegumen


hegumenos (hɪˈɡjuːmɪˌnəʊs)

  1. the head of a monastery of the Eastern Church
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin hēgūmenus, from Late Greek hēgoumenos leader, from Greek hēgeisthai to lead
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