a man who is the head or superior, usually elected, of a monastery.
Charles Greeley, 1872–1973, U.S. astrophysicist.
Also, Ab·bott. a male given name.
Contemporary Examples

abbot reportedly raised MH17 over dinner and the two are planning to meet again.
Beijing’s ‘Star Trek’ APEC Summit Jake Adelstein November 10, 2014

The government has approved plans for an expanded coal port at abbot Point.
Australia Wants to Open the Great Barrier Reef to Dumping Kirsten Alexander June 1, 2014

abbot was a strange friend, but he proved to be very useful.
Reading Prison Novels In Prison Daniel Genis May 23, 2014

Historical Examples

With the giving of such permissions the abbot was notoriously generous.
Robert Annys: Poor Priest Annie Nathan Meyer

To this abbot Kasatsky submitted himself as to his chosen director.
Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy

Great was the consternation of the abbot when he confronted this awful apparition.
The Last of the Vikings John Bowling

He was submissive to the abbot, but in the depths of his soul he never ceased to condemn him.
Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy

Paul gazed vacantly from the zenith to the nadir, and from west to east, when suddenly his eyes fell on the abbot of Antinoe.
Thais Anatole France

“Pray, do not decide too hastily, Highness,” the abbot replied.
Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home Bayard Taylor

He felt an imaginative companionship with the aspirations of the abbot.
Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie

the superior of an abbey of monks related adjective abbatial

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.


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