mendicant

noun men·di·cant \ ˈmen-di-kənt \
|Updated on: 29 Jun 2018

Definition of mendicant

1 : beggar 1
  • wandering mendicants
2 often capitalized : a member of a religious order (such 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

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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


MENDICANT Defined for English Language Learners

mendicant

Definition of mendicant for English Language Learners

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



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