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monk

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noun \ˈməŋk\

Definition of monk

  1. :  a man who is a member of a religious order and lives in a monastery; also :  friar



Origin of monk

Middle English, from Old English munuc, from Late Latin monachus, from Late Greek monachos, from Greek, adjective, single, from monos single, alone


First Known Use: before 12th century


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monk

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Definition of monk

  1. :  monkey



1843

First Known Use of monk

1843


Monk

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biographical name \ˈməŋk\

Definition of Monk

  1. Thelonious Sphere 1920–1982 Am. jazz musician




MONK Defined for Kids

monk

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noun \ˈməŋk\

Definition of monk for Students

  1. :  a member of a religious group of men who promise to stay poor, obey the rules of their group, and not get married





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