1. The superior of a monastery.
2. Used as a title for such a person.
[Middle English abbod, from Old English, from Late Latin abbās, abbāt-, from Greek abbā, abbās, from Aramaic 'abbā, my father; see ʾb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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