abbot definition

  • noun:
    • The better of a monastery.
    • applied as a title for these types of someone.
    • A layman just who received the abbey's incomes, after the closing of the monasteries.
    • The superior or mind of an abbey.
    • One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys.
    • virtually, dad: a title initially given to any monk, but afterward restricted to the head or superior of a monastery.
    • In later use, loosely put on the holder of one of specific non-monastic offices.
    • A title retained in Hanover, W├╝rtemberg, Brunswick, and Schleswig-Holstein by the heads of certain Protestant institutions to which the home of varied abbeys had been transmitted at Reformation. See abbess
    • the principle magistrate regarding the Genoese in Galata.
    • the superior of an abbey of monks

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