来自希腊语 abbas，来自亚拉姆语 abba（阿爸、神父），很显然这是一个拟声词，由于修道院是为天主教培训神父的学院，而该词就表示修道院的男性院长，即：男修道院院长，与之相对应的是 abbess（女修道院院长）。同源词：abba（阿爸、神父）、abbey（修道院）、 abbess（女修道院院长）。
- abbot: [OE] Abbot comes ultimately from abbā, a Syriac word meaning ‘father’ (which itself achieved some currency in English, particularly in reminiscence of its biblical use: ‘And he said, Abba, father, all things are possible unto thee’, Mark 14:36). This came into Greek as abbás, and thence, via the Latin accusative abbatem, into Old English as abbud or abbod.
The French term abbé (which is much less specific in meaning than English abbot) comes from the same source. In much the same way as father is used in modern English for priests, abba was widely current in the East for referring to monks, and hence its eventual application to the head of a monastery. A derivative of Latin abbatem was abbatia, which has given English both abbacy  and (via Old French abbeie) abbey . Abbess is of similar antiquity (Latin had abbatissa).
=> abbess, abbey
- abbot (n.)
- 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.
- 1. I wonder if I might have a word with Mr Abbot?
- 2. Abbot looked blank. "I don't quite follow, sir."
- 3. All the priories were made directly subject to the abbot of Cluny.
- 4. We will play a trick on the old abbot.
- 5. The good Abbot of Holywood is a strong pillar to the weak.
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