(in Christianity) a man who has withdrawn from the world for religious reasons, especially as a member of an order of cenobites living according to a particular rule and under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
(in any religion) a man who is a member of a monastic order:
a Buddhist monk.
Printing. a dark area on a printed page caused by uneven inking of the plate or type.
Compare (def 2).
(James) Arthur (“Art”) born 1957, U.S. football player.
[thuh-loh-nee-uh s] /θəˈloʊ ni əs/ (Show IPA), (Sphere) 1917–1982, U.S. jazz pianist and composer.
a male member of a religious community bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience related adjective monastic
(sometimes capital) a fancy pigeon having a bald pate and often large feathered feet
Thelonious (Sphere) (θəˈləʊnɪəs). 1920–82, US jazz pianist and composer
a variant spelling of (George) Monck
Old English munuc “monk” (used also of women), from Proto-Germanic *muniko- (cf. Old Frisian munek, Middle Dutch monic, Old High German munih, Ger. Mönch), an early borrowing from Vulgar Latin *monicus (source of French moine, Spanish monje, Italian monaco), from Late Latin monachus “monk,” originally “religious hermit,” from Ecclesiastical Greek monakhos “monk,” noun use of a classical Greek adjective meaning “solitary,” from monos “alone” (see mono-). For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come.
In England, before the Reformation, the term was not applied to the members of the mendicant orders, who were always called friars. From the 16th c. to the 19th c., however, it was usual to speak of the friars as a class of monks. In recent times the distinction between the terms has been carefully observed by well-informed writers. In French and Ger. the equivalent of monk is applied equally to ‘monks’ and ‘friars.’ [OED]
[muhng-kuh-ree] /ˈmʌŋ kə ri/ noun, plural monkeries. Disparaging. 1. the mode of life, behavior, etc., of ; monastic life. 2. a monastery. 3. monkeries, the practices, beliefs, etc., of monks. /ˈmʌŋkərɪ/ noun (derogatory) (pl) -eries 1. monastic life or practices 2. a monastery or monks collectively
[muhng-kee] /ˈmʌŋ ki/ noun, plural monkeys. 1. any mammal of the order Primates, including the guenons, macaques, langurs, and capuchins, but excluding humans, the anthropoid apes, and, usually, the tarsier and prosimians. Compare , . 2. the fur of certain species of such long-haired animals. 3. a person likened to such an animal, as a […]
plural noun 1. .
- Monkey bike
noun a very small maneuverable bicycle Usage Note sports