Origin of monk
Definition for monk (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for monk
The Austria-based restaurant was first noted by the scholar and monk Albuin, who was a devout follower of Charlemagne.
One day, he took a monk with a cleanly shaven head and had him walk around a light bulb to demonstrate this theory.
Then, he decided to give it all up and become a Buddhist monk.
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.
To enter into the details of Monk's subsequent administration is impossible here.Monk|Julian Corbett
The latter were got rid of; and the King remained alone with the monk, who explained the object of his mission.
"I knew that would be his answer," Monk proclaimed, pride in his perspicuity shaping the set of his eyebrows.Alias The Lone Wolf|Louis Joseph Vance
He had by Monk's advice visited Charles at Breda, and some suppose that the first interview completed the transformation.Claverhouse|Mowbray Morris
The Prior now felt obliged to attend to his guest, the monk.Historical Miniatures|August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for monk (1 of 2)
Word Origin for monk
British Dictionary definitions for monk (2 of 2)
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]