Definition of Abuna in English:

Abuna

noun

  • A title given to the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

    • ‘In this place of great poverty, the Abuna wanted to show his Bishop how rich in faith its tens of thousands of people are who worship at the Monastery of St. Simaan.’
    • ‘In this place of great poverty, Abuna wanted to show his Bishop how rich in faith its thousands of people are who worship at the Monastery of St. Simaan.’
    • ‘In the Middle Ages the Abuna, or head of the Ethiopian church, was always an Egyptian monk appointed by the Coptic patriarch, but apart from this link Ethiopian Christianity developed largely in isolation and in a distinctive way.’
    • ‘One of Abuna Yesehaq's last acts was to accept a number of Western Rite parishes under his patronage.’
    • ‘The Abuna led a poor life and there were instances when he couldn't even pay his phone bill.’
    • ‘And in her tribute, Simpson Miller remembered Abuna as one with a special commitment to developing the potential of the younger generation.’
    • ‘It has been determined that the Abuna is to place the crown and ring upon Her Majesty, without the regal anointing, on the same day of the Emperor's coronation.’
    • ‘Internally, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church won the right to appoint their own Abuna, rather than have the Abuna always be an Egyptian Copt appointed by the Patriarch of Alexandria.’
    • ‘On Feb 19th, 2001, Abuna was announced to be the recipient of the Niwano Peace Prize.’
    • ‘Both Abuna and the student embraced as an expression of solidarity.’

Origin

Amharic, from Arabic ῾abūnā our father.

Pronunciation:

Abuna

/əˈbo͞onə/