Bonze definition

bŏnz
A Buddhist monk, especially of China, Japan, or nearby countries.
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A Japanese or Chinese Buddhist monk.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bonze
Plural:
bonzes

Origin of bonze

  • French from Portuguese bonzo from Japanese bonsō bon ordinary (from Early Middle Chinese buam) monk (from Middle Chinese səng) (from Sanskrit saṃghaḥ sangha sangha)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French bonze, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese 凡僧 (bonzō ぼんぞう), from Middle Chinese 凡 (bjom "ordinary") + 僧 (song "Buddhist monk").

    From Wiktionary