- The definition of a monk is man in a religious order who lives a life of poverty, chastity and obedience.
An example of a monk is a Buddhist man living with other Buddhists and following strict life rules.
Origin of monkMiddle English munec ; from Old English munuc ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin monachus ; from Ecclesiastical Late Greek monachos ; from Classical Greek one who lives alone ; from monos, alone: see mono-
- Monk, George 1st Duke of Albemarle 1608-70; Eng. general & politician
- Monk, Thelonious (Sphere) 1920-82; U.S. jazz pianist & composer
Origin of monkMiddle English munk, from Old English munuc, from Late Latin monachus, from Late Greek monakhos, from Greek, single, from monos; see men-4 in Indo-European roots.
- A male member of a monastic order who has devoted his life for religious service.
- in earlier usage, an eremite or hermit devoted to solitude, as opposed to a cenobite, who lived communally.
- (slang) A male who leads an isolated life; a loner, a hermit.
- (slang) An unmarried man who does not have sexual relationships.
- (slang) A judge.
- (printing) A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed; distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.
- A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.
- A South American monkey (Pithecia monachus); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthocephalus.
- The European bullfinch.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.