• (RP) IPA: /ˈæb.ət/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈæb.ət/

abbot (plural abbots)

  1. The superior or head of an abbey or monastery. [First attested around the early 12th century.]
    The newly appointed abbot decided to take a tour of the abbey with the cardinal's emissary.
  2. A layman who received the abbey's revenues, after the closing of the monasteries.
  3. (archaic, British slang) A brothel-owner's husband or lover.
  4. (archaic, British slang) A ponce; a man employed by a prostitute to find clients, and who may also act as a bodyguard or equivalent to a bouncer.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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