- Mendicant is defined as a person who is prone to begging or who is likely to beg.
A person who is continually pleading for things is an example of a mendicant person.
- The definition of a mendicant is a beggar.
A person who is begging for money on a street corner is an example of a mendicant.
- asking for alms; begging
- of or characteristic of a beggar
- designating or of any of various religious orders whose members originally held no personal or community property, living mostly on alms
Origin: L mendicans (gen. mendicantis), present participle of mendicare, to beg from mendicus, needy: for base see mendacious
- a beggar; person who begs for alms
- a mendicant friar
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- A beggar.
- A member of an order of friars forbidden to own property in common, who work or beg for their living.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mendīcāns, mendīcant-, present participle of mendīcāre, to beg, from mendīcus, needy, beggar, from mendum, physical defect.
- menˈdi·can·cy, men·dicˈi·ty noun