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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
abbot
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ For I will go to the lord abbot and Father Herluin, and myself tell what I have done.
▪ Monastic abbots, by comparison, found spiritual leadership easy, because the monks were sheltered from contact with the world.
▪ Most landlords, even bishops and abbots, made no attempt to lay out their new towns.
▪ The abbot was a clever man.
▪ There he had gotten to know the abbot.
▪ Thereafter he became abbot of one of the city's suburban monasteries, and then bishop.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Abbot

Abbot \Ab"bot\, n. [AS. abbod, abbad, L. abbas, abbatis, Gr. 'abba^s, fr. Syriac abb[=a] father. Cf. Abba, Abb['E].]

  1. The superior or head of an abbey.

  2. One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys.
    --Encyc. Brit.

    Abbot of the people. a title formerly given to one of the chief magistrates in Genoa.

    Abbot of Misrule (or Lord of Misrule), in medi[ae]val times, the master of revels, as at Christmas; in Scotland called the Abbot of Unreason.
    --Encyc. Brit.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
abbot

Old English abbod "abbot," from Latin abbatem (nominative abbas), from Greek abbas, from Aramaic abba, title of honor, literally "the father, my father," emphatic state of abh "father." The Latin fem. abbatissa is root of abbess.

Wiktionary
abbot

n. (surname: English)

WordNet
abbot

n : the superior of an abbey of monks [syn: archimandrite]

Wikipedia
Abbot

Abbot, meaning father, is an ecclesiastical title given to the head of a monastery in various traditions, including Christianity. The office may also be given as an honorary title to a clergyman who is not actually the head of a monastery. The female equivalent is abbess.

Abbot (crater)

Abbot is a small lunar impact crater that lies on the rugged ground between the Mare Fecunditatis in the south and west, and the Mare Crisium to the north. It is a circular crater with a cup-shaped interior. The inner walls slope downward to the midpoint, and no impacts of significant mark the interior or the rim.

Abbot is named after the American astrophysicist Charles Greeley Abbot. It was designated Apollonius K before being given its name by the IAU. Apollonius itself lies to the east of the crater Abbot.

Abbot (disambiguation)

An abbot is the head of a monastery, usually used in a Christian context, but can also be used in a Buddhist context:

  • Abbot (Buddhism)

Abbot may also refer to:

Abbot (Buddhism)

In addition to its use in a Christian context, abbot is a term used in English-speaking countries for a monk who holds the position of administrator of a Buddhist monastery or large Buddhist temple. In Buddhist nunneries, the nun who holds the equivalent position is known in English as the abbess.

The English word "abbot" is used instead of all the various words that exist in the languages of the countries where Buddhism is, or was historically, well established.

Abbot (surname)

Abbot is an English surname derived from the word " abbot". The surname may refer to:

  • Abiel Abbot (1770–1828), American pastor
  • Bec Abbot, Canadian singer
  • Benjamin Abbot (1762–1849), American schoolteacher
  • Brian Abbot (1911–1936), Australian actor
  • Charles Abbot (botanist) (1761–1817), British botanist and entomologist
  • Charles Abbot, 1st Baron Colchester (1757–1829), British statesman
  • Charles Abbot, 2nd Baron Colchester (1798–1867), British Conservative politician
  • Charles Greeley Abbot (1872–1973), American astrophysicist, astronomer and fifth secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Charles S. Abbot (born 1945), American naval admiral
  • Courtney Abbot (born 1989), New Zealand-born actress
  • Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838–1926), English writer
  • Edwin Abbott (public servant) (1878–1947), Australian public servant
  • Edwin Hale Abbot (1834–1927), American lawyer and railroad executive
  • Ezra Abbot (1819–1884), American Biblical scholar
  • Francis Ellingwood Abbot (1836–1903), American philosopher and theologian
  • George Abbot (author) (c. 1603–1648), English writer
  • George Abbot (bishop) (1562–1633), English clergyman
  • Henry Abbot (martyr) (died 1597), English Catholic martyr
  • Henry Larcom Abbot (1831–1927), American military engineer
  • Hugh the Abbot (died 886)
  • Joel Abbot (1793–1855), American naval officer
  • Joel Abbot (politician) (1776–1826), American politician from Georgia
  • John Abbot (entomologist) (1751–1840/1), American entomologist
  • John Stevens Cabot Abbott (1805–1877), American historian, pastor and pedagogical writer
  • Jude Abbott (born 1962), British musician
  • Laura Abbot (born 1930s), American writer
  • Maurice Abbot (1565–1642), English merchant and politician
  • Nick Abbot (born 1960), British radio presenter
  • Richard Abbot (1818–1904), English poet
  • Robert Abbot (bishop) (1560–1617), Bishop of Salisbury
  • Robert Abbot (theologian) (1588?–1662?), Puritan theologian
  • Russ Abbot (born 1947), English musician, comedian and actor
  • Samuel Abbot (1786–1839), American inventor
  • Stuart Abbot (born 1986), Scottish footballer
  • Theophilus C. Abbot (1826–1892), American college president
  • Tony Abbott (born 1957), Australian politician
  • William Abbot (1790–1843), English actor
  • William Abbot (martyr), see William Knight
  • Willis J. Abbot (1863–1934), American journalist and writer

Usage examples of "abbot".

Toulouse, accompanied by his chaplain, the Abbot of Aguilers, Count Robert of Flanders, and various other noblemen in his company, took the chief places at the table.

 The abbot greeted him politely and offered him an iron cot in a cell with a south exposure, after apologizing for the fact that the guest suite had been recently exposed to smallpox.

The other letter was a note from Abbot Jarad apologizing for being unable to meet with him as promised.

He finished the repairs to the south arcading and south aisle begun by Abbot Hugh, built three altars, and vaulted the aisle.

While Abbot Henry silently fetched a brace of candlesticks from the nearest aumbry and invested them with fresh beeswax candles, Arnault and Ninian moved to the rear of the chapel, where Ninian proceeded to lay out several small items from a deerskin pouch at his girdle.

I said nothing about it at the moment, but I begged the abbot to take me to his private chamber.

The most obstinate of them told me that the abbot had behaved more like a despot than a father, and had thus absolved them from their obedience.

They were mine to take, to kill then and there or to bring back to Palmaris for public trial, one over which both King Danube and Father Abbot Markwart might have presided, that their alliance, the glory of that joining, be revealed to the beleaguered populace of Palmaris.

Erembalds, who were afraid to bury it in Bruges lest the sight of the tomb of Charles the Good should one day rouse the townsmen to avenge his death, sent a message to Ghent, begging the Abbot of St.

The Abbot came to Bruges, and before dawn the body of the murdered Count was being stealthily carried along the aisles of St.

The abbot, whom I recognized by his cross, came towards me and asked if I wished to see the church and monastery.

Two monks with thuribles were censing the beds from either side, and six more were ranged along the side toward Albertus, chanting the responses to an antiphon being sung by the abbot.

The abbot crossed himself fervently and prayed: for the soul of the boy in the cesspit and for the penitent beside him.

Peter the Venerable, abbot of Clum, who flourished about this time, declared that paper from linen rags was in use in his day.

And if I were to meet the abbot on the way, how could I help returning with him?