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n. Eastern Orthodox Church
1. A celibate priest ranking below a bishop.
2. The head of a monastery or a group of monasteries.

[Late Latin archimandrīta, from Late Greek arkhimandrītēs : Greek arkhi-, archi- + Late Greek mandra, monastery (from Greek, cattle pen).]
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(Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) Greek Orthodox Church the head of a monastery or a group of monasteries
[C16: from Late Latin archimandrīta, from Late Greek arkhimandritēs, from archi- + mandra monastery]
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(ˌɑr kəˈmæn draɪt)

the head of a monastery or a group of monasteries in an Eastern church.
[1585–95; < Late Latin archimandrīta < Late Greek archimandritēs abbot = Greek archi- archi- + Late Greek mándr(a) monastery (Greek: fold, enclosure) + -ītēs -ite1]
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Noun1.archimandrite - the superior of an abbey of monksarchimandrite - the superior of an abbey of monks  
abbe - a French abbot
superior - the head of a religious community
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References in classic literature ?
For some weeks Father Sergius had been living with one persistent thought: whether he was right in accepting the position in which he had not so much placed himself as been placed by the Archimandrite and the Abbot.
His comments prompted a response from Archimandrite Fotios, the principal deputy of Morphou Bishop Neophytos.
In a lengthy response to the Kyrenia Bishop, the principal deputy of Morphou Bishop, Archimandrite Fotios, referred to scriptures in support of the Morphou Bishop.
After the death of his father, the 15-year-old boy goes to his mother's brother, Archimandrite Vasily, who is a traveling monk of the Hilendar Monastery in Karlovo and Stara Zagora.
An Interview with Archimandrite Theophilus Paraian from Sambata de Sus Monastery.
Emanuel Youkhana, a priest, or archimandrite, of the Assyrian Church of the East.
So strictly speaking, Christmas is still kept on December 25, which just happens to fall 13 days later on the Julian calendar day," Archimandrite Christopher Calin, dean of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection said, the ( Christian Post reported.
"After terrorism had assaulted this monastery and caused a lot of destruction, sabotaging, looting, and setting fires, we restored the monastery, and we are receiving believers who want to get the blessings of this place, as well as hold prayers and religious rituals," Archimandrite Matta Rizq of the Mar Thecla monastery said.
Archimandrite Elias Awad, the patron of the Greek Orthodox Church in Ramallah, said:
Another variant of this melody can be found in the notebooks of father Partenie Apetrei, a monk who joined the monastic life at Neamt Monastery, was distinguished with the rank of archimandrite and, between 1959 and 2000, served as a priest at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Iasi, being made a great ecclesiarch.
Speaking on behalf of the Churches Council, Archimandrite Elias Awad, spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Ramallah, condemned the assault which took place last Friday, calling on the international community to intervene and pressure the occupation to protect the Christian and Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.