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- n. In certain Catholic (notably Benedictine) congregations, the title of the general superior, ranking above all other abbots, vested in a particular abbey, which hence is called an archabbey (usually its motherhouse, such as Beuron, which gave its name to a Benedictine congregation).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chief abbot: applied as a specific title to the head of certain monasteries.
arch- + abbot (Wiktionary)