[ muhngk-hood ]
See synonyms for monkhood on
  1. the condition or profession of a monk.

  2. monks collectively.

Origin of monkhood

Middle English monkehode,Old English munuchād.See monk, -hood

Words Nearby monkhood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use monkhood in a sentence

  • Before embracing monkhood, however, he had eaten eggs and fish.

    Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Some were on priests and monks—sharp biting satires on their evil side, and by no means showing abject faith in monkhood.

    The Oxford Reformers | Frederic Seebohm
  • No hysteric visions, no madman's dreams, no clever conjurer's tricks, have ever shed a tawdry glory on the monkhood of the Buddha.

    The Soul of a People | H. Fielding
  • The more you study the monkhood, the more you see that this community is the outcome of the very heart of the people.

    The Soul of a People | H. Fielding
  • There is only one opinion amongst all those who have tried to study the Buddhist monkhood—that their conduct is admirable.

    The Soul of a People | H. Fielding

British Dictionary definitions for monkhood


/ (ˈmʌŋkhʊd) /

  1. the condition of being a monk

  2. monks collectively

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