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[mon-uh-kuh l] /ˈmɒn ə kəl/
of or relating to monks or their life; monastic.
Origin of monachal
1580-90; < Late Latin monachālis, equivalent to Late Latin monach(us) monk + -ālis -al1 Unabridged
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  • Therese had appeared herself in her brown garb and as monachal as ever.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • Even in the imperfect light her appearance suggested something cold and monachal.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • To think of this would compel you towards a monachal literature, hard and contemptuous of vile lust.

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont
British Dictionary definitions for monachal


a less common word for monastic
Derived Forms
monachism, noun
monachist, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Church Latin monachālis, from monachusmonk
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