- (obsolete) A nun.
From Middle English mynche, a reduced form of minchen, monchen, from Old English myneÄ‹en (“a female monk, nun"), from Proto-Germanic *munikinnÅ (“female monk"), from *munikaz (“monk"), from Late Latin monachus (“monk"), from Ancient Greek Î¼Î¿Î½Î±Ï‡ÏŒÏ‚ (monachÃ³s, “hermit", noun), from Î¼Î¿Î½Î±Ï‡ÏŒÏ‚ (monachÃ³s, “single, solitary", adjective), from Î¼ÏŒÎ½Î¿Ï‚ (mÃ³nos, “alone"), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *menw-, *manw- (“small, little, isolated"). Cognate with German MÃ¶nchin (“female monk"). Related also to minnow. More at monk.