bonze

noun
\ˈbänz \

Definition of bonze 

: a Buddhist monk

First Known Use of bonze

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonze

French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bonze

Dictionary Entries near bonze

bony fish

bonytail

bonytongue

bonze

bonzer

boo

boob

Statistics for bonze

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bonze

The first known use of bonze was in 1588

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on bonze

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bonze

Comments on bonze

What made you want to look up bonze? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

living or existing for a long time

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!