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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-uh t]
    • /ˈæb ət/
    • /ˈæb.ət/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh t]
    • /ˈæb ət/

Definitions of abbot word

  • countable noun abbot An abbot is the monk who is in charge of the other monks in a monastery or abbey. 3
  • noun abbot the superior of an abbey of monks 3
  • noun abbot ˈCharles Greeley (ˈgrili ) ; grēˈlē) 1872-1973; U.S. astrophysicist 3
  • noun abbot a man who is head of an abbey of monks 3
  • noun abbot Charles Greeley, 1872–1973, U.S. astrophysicist. 1
  • noun abbot Also, Ab·bott. a male given name. 1

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Origin of abbot

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, variant of abbat < Latin abbāt- (stem of abbās) < Greek < Aramaic abbā abba; replacing Middle English, Old English abbod (compare Old High German abbat) < Late Latin abbād- for abbāt-

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Parts of speech for Abbot


abbot popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abbot usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abbot

noun abbot

  • monk — (James) Arthur ("Art") born 1957, U.S. football player.
  • rector — a member of the clergy in charge of a parish in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
  • friar — Roman Catholic Church. a member of a religious order, especially the mendicant orders of Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, and Augustinians.
  • prior — preceding in time or in order; earlier or former; previous: A prior agreement prevents me from accepting this.
  • archimandrite — the head of a monastery or a group of monasteries

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