of or pertaining to monasteries: a monastic library.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations: monastic vows.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a secluded, dedicated, or austere manner of living.
a member of a monastic community or order, especially a monk.
Origin: 1400–50;late Middle Englishmonastik < Late Latinmonasticus < Late Greekmonastikós, equivalent to monas- (verbid stem of monázein to be alone; see mon-) + -ikos-ic, with -t- by analogy with derivatives of agent nouns in -tēs (cf. athlete, athletic)