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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Abbot \Ab"bot\ ([a^]b"b[u^]t), n. [AS. abbod, abbad, L. abbas, abbatis, Gr. 'abba^s, fr. Syriac abb[=a] father. Cf. Abba, Abb['e].] 1. The superior or head of an abbey. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster] Abbot of the people. a title formerly given to one of the chief magistrates in Genoa. Abbot of Misrule (or Lord of Misrule), in medi[ae]val times, the master of revels, as at Christmas; in Scotland called the Abbot of Unreason. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster]