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monk

[muhngk] /mʌŋk/
noun
1.
(in Christianity) a man who has withdrawn from the world for religious reasons, especially as a member of an order of cenobites living according to a particular rule and under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
2.
(in any religion) a man who is a member of a monastic order:
a Buddhist monk.
3.
Printing. a dark area on a printed page caused by uneven inking of the plate or type.
Compare friar (def 2).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English munuc < Late Latin monachus < Greek monachós hermit, noun use of adj.: solitary, equivalent to món(os) alone + -achos adj. suffix
Synonyms
1. brother. Monk, friar refer to members of special male groups whose lives are devoted to the service of the church, especially in Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox denominations. A monk is properly a member of a monastery, under a superior; he is bound by a vow of stability, and is a co-owner of the community property of the monastery. Since the Reformation, monk and friar have been used as if they were the same. A friar is, however, strictly speaking, a member of a mendicant order, whose members are not attached to a monastery and own no community property.
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Examples from the web for monks
  • Within this redoubt, monks pray and conduct their services, as they have for almost.
  • Medieval monks may have been more gluttonous than godly.
  • In addition, plenty of younger brothers become monks rather than settle for being junior husbands.
  • Three maroon-robed monks, shorn and strong, arrive to give a hand.
  • Among them are a dozen monks, who have come by taxi and will have to return to their monasteries by the end of lunch.
  • When the printing press was invented, many monks mourned the decline of vellum and the loss of the illuminator's art.
  • We then made our way along a narrow path, past gardens kept by monks, and came upon a grotto.
  • The tearful relatives trailed monks who walked around bus, sprinkling water around the bullet-peppered vehicle.
  • The boulders still hide caves that were used by the monks over the history of the site, among other things.
  • On one wall, monks fight with feet and clenched fists in a cloistered garden.
British Dictionary definitions for monks

monk

/mʌŋk/
noun
1.
a male member of a religious community bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience related adjective monastic
2.
(sometimes capital) a fancy pigeon having a bald pate and often large feathered feet
Word Origin
Old English munuc, from Late Latin monachus, from Late Greek: solitary (man), from Greek monos alone

Monk

/mʌŋk/
noun
1.
Thelonious (Sphere) (θəˈləʊnɪəs). 1920–82, US jazz pianist and composer
2.
a variant spelling of (George) Monck
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Word Origin and History for monks

monk

n.

Old English munuc "monk" (used also of women), from Proto-Germanic *muniko- (cf. Old Frisian munek, Middle Dutch monic, Old High German munih, Ger. Mönch), an early borrowing from Vulgar Latin *monicus (source of French moine, Spanish monje, Italian monaco), from Late Latin monachus "monk," originally "religious hermit," from Ecclesiastical Greek monakhos "monk," noun use of a classical Greek adjective meaning "solitary," from monos "alone" (see mono-). For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come.

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 French and Ger. the equivalent of monk is applied equally to 'monks' and 'friars.' [OED]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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monks in Culture

monks definition


Men under religious vows who live in a community and whose work is usually centered on their community, which is called a monastery. Buddhism and Christianity have notable groups of monks. In Christianity, the monks are members of religious orders.

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Slang definitions & phrases for monks

monk

noun
  1. A monkey (1843+)
  2. A Chinese or Chinese-American: known to their Occidental neighbors, the Irish especially, as monks (1925+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for monks

monk

man who separates himself from society and lives either alone (a hermit or anchorite) or in an organized community in order to devote himself full time to religious life. See monasticism.

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