james a. monk

Monk

[muhngk]
noun
1.
(James) Arthur ("Art") born 1957, U.S. football player.
2.
Thelonious [thuh-loh-nee-uhs] , (Sphere) 1917–1982, U.S. jazz pianist and composer.
3.
George, Monck, George.
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monk (mʌŋk)
 
n
1.  a male member of a religious community bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedienceRelated: monastic
2.  (sometimes capital) a fancy pigeon having a bald pate and often large feathered feet
 
Related: monastic
 
[Old English munuc, from Late Latin monachus, from Late Greek: solitary (man), from Greek monos alone]

Monk (mʌŋk)
 
n
1.  Thelonious (Sphere) (θəˈləʊnɪəs). 1920--82, US jazz pianist and composer
2.  a variant spelling of (George) Monck

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monk
O.E. munuc, from P.Gmc. *muniko- (cf. O.Fris. munek, M.Du. monic, O.H.G. munih, Ger. Mönch), an early borrowing from V.L. *monicus (cf. Fr. moine, Sp. monje, It. monaco), from L.L. monachus "monk," originally "religious hermit," from Late Gk. monakhos "monk," noun use of a classical Gk. adj. meaning
"solitary," from monos "alone" (see mono-).
"In England, before the Reformation, the term was not applied to the members of the mendicant orders, who were always called friars. From the 16th c. to the 19th c., however, it was usual to speak of the friars as a class of monks. In recent times the distinction between the terms has been carefully observed by well-informed writers. In Fr. and Ger. the equivalent of monk is applied equally to 'monks' and 'friars.' " [OED]
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