- 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 of mendicantClassical Latin 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
- Depending on alms for a living; practicing begging.
- Of or relating to religious orders whose members are forbidden to own property individually or in common and must work or beg for their livings.
- A beggar.
- A member of a mendicant order.
Origin of mendicantMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin mendīcāns, mendīcant-, present participle of mendīcāre, to beg, from mendīcus, needy, beggar, from mendum, physical defect.
- men′di·can·cy, men·dic′i·ty
- mendicant order
From Latin mendīcāns, present participle of mendīcō (“beg”). Compare French mendiant.