[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monachal

  • 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
  • Therese had appeared herself in her brown garb and as monachal as ever.

    The Arrow of Gold|Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for monachal

/ (ˈmɒnəkəl) /


a less common word for monastic

Derived forms of monachal

monachism, nounmonachist, adjective, noun

Word Origin for monachal

C16: from Old French, from Church Latin monachālis, from monachus monk
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