bonze

noun
\ ˈbänz How to pronounce bonze (audio) \

Definition of bonze

: a Buddhist monk

First Known Use of bonze

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonze

French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō

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