• WordNet 3.6
    • n archimandrite the superior of an abbey of monks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Archimandrite (Gr. Church) A chief of a monastery, corresponding to abbot in the Roman Catholic church.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n archimandrite In the Eastern Church, an abbot-general, having other abbots (hegoumenoi) with their monasteries under his superintendence; also sometimes, especially among the Greeks, the abbot of a single large monastery. In Russia the bishops are selected from among the archimandrites. The title has been retained among those who separated from the Eastern Church and submitted to the pope while still observing the Greek rite (the so-called United Greeks), and their monasteries are now subject to one protoarchimandrite. A congregation of Basilian monks existing in Sicily before the eleventh century has been under the care of an archimandrite apparently from that time. Its head abbey is that of San Salvatore in Messina, and it forms an exempt archimandritate immediately dependent on the pope. In the early church, and sometimes during the middle ages in the Western Church, the word was used vaguely as equivalent to prelate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Archimandrite är-ki-man′drīt in the Greek Church, the superior of a monastery, an abbot: sometimes the superintendent of several monasteries.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. archimandrita, LGr. ; pref. (E. arch-,) + an inclosed space, esp. for cattle, a fold, a monastery
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Late Gr. archimandritēs—pfx. archi, first, and mandra, an enclosure, a monastery.


In literature:

One of them was already a bishop, another an archimandrite and on the way to become a bishop.
"The Forged Coupon and Other Stories" by Leo Tolstoy
Three archimandrites (abbots) and one hundred priests headed the solemn funeral procession from the castle to the church on the opposite hill.
"Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home" by Bayard Taylor
The Archimandrite (Abbot) of Spazac, who had just arrived, came with us.
"The Lady of the Shroud" by Bram Stoker
Isn't he an archimandrite?
"The March Family Trilogy, Complete" by William Dean Howells
On leaving Berne, we went to Soleurre: the Archimandrite designing to re-enter Germany, and return through Hungary or Poland to his own country.
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
He is the Archimandrite of Realism.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I don't know what passed at their interview, but the archimandrite disappeared and I was detained.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
Then we took a carriage, and Mamma went to the Russian priest's, the archimandrite Alexander.
"Marie Bashkirtseff (From Childhood to Girlhood)" by Marie Bashkirtseff
The most remarkable address was made by a Greek Priest, Ghubrin Jebara, the Archimandrite and agent of the Patriarch.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
He himself had lived there many years as the Archimandrite, and was besieged by the Turks during his sojourn within its walls.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon