mendicant

[ men-di-kuh nt ]
/ ˈmɛn dɪ kənt /

adjective

begging; practicing begging; living on alms.
pertaining to or characteristic of a beggar.

noun

a person who lives by begging; beggar.
a member of any of several orders of friars that originally forbade ownership of property, subsisting mostly on alms.

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Origin of mendicant

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin mendīcant- (stem of mendīcāns), present participle of mendīcāre to beg, equivalent to mendīc(us) beggarly, needy + -ant- -ant

Related forms

non·men·di·cant, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mendicant

mendicant

/ (ˈmɛndɪkənt) /

adjective

begging
(of a member of a religious order) dependent on alms for sustenancemendicant friars
characteristic of a beggar

noun

a mendicant friar
a less common word for beggar

Derived Forms

mendicancy or mendicity (mɛnˈdɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for mendicant

C16: from Latin mendīcāre to beg, from mendīcus beggar, from mendus flaw
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