of or relating to monasteries: a monastic library.
of, relating to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations: monastic vows.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a secluded, dedicated, or austere manner of living.
a member of a monastic community or order, especially a monk.
Origin of monastic
1400–50;late Middle Englishmonastik < Late Latinmonasticus < Late Greekmonastikós, equivalent to monas- (verbid stem of monázein to be alone; see mon-) + -ikos-ic, with -t- by analogy with derivatives of agent nouns in -tēs (cf. athlete, athletic)
mid-15c., from Middle French monastique "monkish, monastic," or directly from Late Latin monasticus, from Ecclesiastical Greek monastikos "solitary, pertaining to a monk," from Greek monazein "to live alone" (see monastery). Related: Monastical (c.1400).