Clu·​ni·​ac ˈklü-nē-ˌak How to pronounce Cluniac (audio)
: of or relating to the monastery of Cluny in France and the reforms to Benedictine monastic life begun there in the tenth century
Cluniac noun
plural Cluniacs

Word History


borrowed from Medieval Latin Cluniacus cluny

Note: Cluniacus is properly the place-name, from which the derived adjective in Latin is Cluniacensis. Cluniacensian has occasionally been used in English.

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cluniac was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Cluniac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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