- (in Christianity) a man who has withdrawn from the world for religious reasons, especially as a member of an order of cenobites living according to a particular rule and under vows of poverty,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.
- (in any religion) a man who is a member of a monastic order: a Buddhist monk.
- Printing. a dark area on a printed page caused by uneven inking of the plate or type.Compare friar(def 2).
Origin of monk
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- (James) ArthurArt, born 1957, U.S. football player.
- The·lo·ni·ous [thuh-loh-nee-uh s] /θəˈloʊ ni əs/(Sphere),1917–1982, U.S. jazz pianist and composer.
- George. Monck, George.
Examples from the Web for monk
He was one of living symbols of “White Ribbon Revolution” of 2012, always in black, slim, shaved, almost a monk.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
The Austria-based restaurant was first noted by the scholar and monk Albuin, who was a devout follower of Charlemagne.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
One day, he took a monk with a cleanly shaven head and had him walk around a light bulb to demonstrate this theory.
Though he currently lives in India, the Dalai Lama has told Vreeland that he must return someday to live as a monk in America.
And she really felt becoming a monk was turning your back on the wonders of the world.
But Wyland, the monk, was a man of magic and could see through things.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The monk has bound two books for me in return for the art-wares which I gave him.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
They are all brothers, and are descended from the father of the Monk of the Yangtze-kiang.
Afterward the monk told the tale to the scholar who wrote it down.
Upon that the monk did not dare deceive him, but pointed to the hollow tree.
- a male member of a religious community bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedienceRelated adjective: monastic
- (sometimes capital) a fancy pigeon having a bald pate and often large feathered feet
- Thelonious (Sphere) (θəˈləʊnɪəs). 1920–82, US jazz pianist and composer
- a variant spelling of (George) Monck
Word Origin and History for monk
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]