Meaning of abbatial in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbeɪʃl/


  • Relating to an abbey, abbot, or abbess.

    ‘a possible abbatial vacancy’
    • ‘The boundaries were blurred to the extent that some kings themselves held episcopal or abbatial office.’
    • ‘The wonder-working tour on which the monks sent their new relics certainly helped raise funds for their new abbatial church.’
    • ‘‘You know,’ came a patrician, abbatial voice from the back of the room, ‘I rather think we've got his head’.’
    • ‘Prussia formed a state domain at Eberbach, from its abbatial estates throughout the Rheingau.’
    • ‘Visiting the abbey at Monte Cassino, Morris removed his abbatial cross as a sign of humility.’


Late Middle English from Old French, from medieval Latin abbatialis, from abbatia (see abbey).