bonze

[ bonz ]
/ bɒnz /

noun

a Buddhist monk, especially of Japan or China.

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Origin of bonze

1580–90; <Middle French <Portuguese bonzo or New Latin bonzius<Japanese bonsō, bonzō ordinary priest (bon- ordinary + priest <Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese fán-sēng); or <dialectal Japanese bonzu for bōzu priest
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British Dictionary definitions for bonze

bonze
/ (bɒnz) /

noun

a Chinese or Japanese Buddhist priest or monk

Word Origin for bonze

C16: from French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō, from Sanskrit bon + priest or monk
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