Origin of monk
Examples from the Web for monks
Founded by German monks in present-day Old Town Stockholm, Zum Franziskaner has become a legend amongst locals and tourists.
The monks in those monasteries were the only historians around at that time.How the Vikings Saved Europe and Got a Terrible Reputation|William O’Connor|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The government of Colombia decided to loan the 28,000 square meter fixer-upper to a fraternity of hermetic Benedictine monks.
I have arranged a meeting with Brother Davide—one of two monks who live at The Cathedral full time.
Even the storied Red Burgundies made by Cistercian monks were dark pink.
The situation of the convent is not healthy, and in consequence the monks frequently suffer from intermittent fever.
Cassiodorus, with a noble enthusiasm, inspired his monks to their task.A Short History of Monks and Monasteries|Alfred Wesley Wishart
Unless this were done the monks would suffer lack; so some one had to be sent, in spite of the last mutterings of the revolt.The Age of Erasmus|P. S. Allen
The clergyman was lodged in a small cell spread with carpets and cushions, and he was waited upon by the monks.Far Off|Favell Lee Mortimer
The kindness of some monks supplied him with his first workshop, which was the vacant cell of a monastery.
British Dictionary definitions for monks (1 of 2)
Word Origin for monk
British Dictionary definitions for monks (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for monks
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]
Culture definitions for monks
Men under religious vows who live in a community and whose work is usually centered on their community, which is called a monastery. Buddhism and Christianity have notable groups of monks. In Christianity, the monks are members of religious orders.