Noun Abbot Definition and Examples







A man who is the head of an abbey of monks.
  1. 'Friaries were occupied by friars, abbeys were headed by abbots, priories by priors.'
  2. 'When a decision has to be made, the abbot asks each monk's opinion, starting with the youngest.'
  3. 'The abbot conducts discussions and a questioning session with lower ranking monks.'
  4. 'Most of the early medieval saints were bishops, abbots, and abbesses with an impeccable social pedigree.'
  5. 'I saw Roshi only at meals, which, unlike most abbots, he took with the monks.'
  6. 'But the feudal system also allowed for Church functionaries, for instance the abbots of powerful monarchies, to adopt something of a baronial role.'
  7. 'In addition, the land which the monasteries owned in the name of the Church, led bishops and abbots to have distinct political power as well.'
  8. 'Henry I was clearly not as impressed by Benedictine abbots and their temporal grandeur as his father had been.'
  9. 'The council was attended by 500 bishops, 70 abbots and over 1,000 other clergy.'
  10. 'A diocesan bishop does not take on the role of father to fellow priests as an abbot does to monks.'
((n.) The superior or head of an abbey.|--|(n.) One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys.|--|)


1. a man who is the head or superior, usually elected, of a monastery.


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"There can be abbot lupuses."
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"There can be abbot halls."
"There can be abbot yards."
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"There can be abbot neutrallies."
"There can be abbot mercilesslies."
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"There can be abbot gardens."
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"people/places/organizations can have abbots."
"places can have abbots."
"people can have abbots."

Old English abbod, from ecclesiastical Latin abbas, abbat-, from Greek abbas ‘father’, from Aramaic 'abbā (see Abba).

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