from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The superior of a monastery.
- n. Used as a title for such a person.
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- n. A layman who received the abbey's revenues, after the closing of the monasteries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The superior or head of an abbey.
- n. One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, father: a title originally given to any monk, but afterward limited to the head or superior of a monastery.
- n. In later usage, loosely applied to the holder of one of certain non-monastic offices.
- n. A title retained in Hanover, Würtemberg, Brunswick, and Schleswig-Holstein by the heads of certain Protestant institutions to which the property of various abbeys was transferred at the Reformation. See abbess
- n. The chief magistrate of the Genoese in Galata.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the superior of an abbey of monks
Middle English abbod, from Old English, from Late Latin abbās, abbāt-, from Greek abbā, abbās, from Aramaic 'abbā, my father; see אb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)