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mendicant

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noun men·di·cant \ˈmen-di-kənt\

Simple Definition of mendicant

  • : someone (such as a member of a religious group) who lives by asking people for money or food

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mendicant

  1. 1 :  beggar 1

  2. 2 often capitalized :  a member of a religious order (as the Franciscans) combining monastic life and outside religious activity and originally owning neither personal nor community property :  friar

mendicant

adjective

Examples of mendicant in a sentence

  1. <those wretched mendicants on the streets of Calcutta>



Origin and Etymology of mendicant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin mendicant-, mendicans, present participle of mendicare to beg, from mendicus beggar — more at amend


First Known Use: 14th century



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