Definition Of abbot


a man who is the head of an abbey of monks.

Friaries were occupied by friars, abbeys were headed by abbots , priories by priors.

Example Of abbot

  • A diocesan bishop does not take on the role of father to fellow priests as an abbot does to monks.

  • At the time of the abbot 's death, monks, students and residents prayed constantly for one month.

  • Breaking away from brother Viri, the abbot crossed to where Darius lay.

  • But the feudal system also allowed for Church functionaries, for instance the abbots of powerful monarchies, to adopt something of a baronial role.

  • Ever since the Concordat of 1516 between Francis I and Pope Leo X the king had appointed all bishops and the abbots of greater monasteries.

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