Lord of Misrule
Abbot Ab"bot, 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Lord of Misrule — Misrule Mis*rule , n. 1. The act, or the result, of misruling. [1913 Webster] 2. Disorder; confusion; tumult from insubordination. [1913 Webster] Enormous riot and misrule surveyed. Pope. [1913 Webster] {Abbot of Misrule}, or {Lord of Misrule}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lord of misrule — Lord Lord, n. [OE. lord, laverd, loverd, AS. hl[=a]ford, for hl[=a]fweard, i. e., bread keeper; hl[=a]f bread, loaf + weardian to look after, to take care of, to ward. See {Loaf}, and {Ward} to guard, and cf. {Laird}, {Lady}.] 1. One who has… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lord of Misrule — Lord′ of Misrule′ n. why (in England) a person formerly chosen to direct the Christmas revels and sports • Etymology: 1490–1500 …   From formal English to slang

  • Lord of Misrule — n. Historical in England, a person who presided over revels and games, as at Christmas …   English World dictionary

  • Lord of Misrule — For other uses, see Lord of Misrule (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Lords of Misrule (disambiguation). In England, the Lord of Misrule known in Scotland as the Abbot of Unreason and in France as the Prince des Sots was an officer… …   Wikipedia

  • Lord of Misrule — noun a person appointed master of revels at a Christmas celebration • Hypernyms: ↑master of ceremonies, ↑emcee, ↑host * * * Etymology: Middle English lorde of mysrewle 1. : one chosen to preside over the Christmas revels at court, in noble… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lord of Misrule — Lord of Mis|rule, the the name given to the person who was put in charge of the Christmas games and fun in England in the 15th and 16th centuries …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lord of misrule — Date: 15th century a master of Christmas revels in England especially in the 15th and 16th centuries …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Lord of Misrule — noun A mock officer, appointed by lot, to preside over the Feast of Fools in a great household at Christmas …   Wiktionary

  • lord of misrule — master of revels at traditional Christmas celebration in England during the 15th and 16th centuries …   English contemporary dictionary

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