- the head of a monastery.
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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Examples from the Web for hegumen
Eventually, though against my will, they raised me their Hegumen.
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?The Prince of India, Volume II
- the head of a monastery of the Eastern Church
C16: from Medieval Latin hēgūmenus, from Late Greek hēgoumenos leader, from Greek hēgeisthai to lead