Origin of monkMiddle English munec from Old English munuc from Ecclesiastical Late Latin monachus from Ecclesiastical Late Greek monachos from Gr, one who lives alone from monos, alone: see mono-
An example of a monk is a Buddhist man living with other Buddhists and following strict life rules.
- 1st Duke of Albemarle 1608-70; Eng. general & politician
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Origin of monkMiddle English monek, monk 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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- Monk completed the subjugation of Scotland by 1654.
- "Julie's brother is a Benedictine Monk," Howie added.
- She was a gorgeous creature in her early twenties with a figure that would make a monk sigh.
- A monk, named Arnold of Brescia, animated with the Republic .
- Not noticing the monk, who had risen to greet her and was drawing back the wide sleeve on his right arm, she went up to Sonya and took her hand.