- 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 Websterâ€™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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.