monk

noun (1)
\ ˈməŋk How to pronounce monk (audio) \

Definition of monk

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

monk

noun (2)

Definition of monk (Entry 2 of 3)

: monkey

Monk

biographical name
\ ˈməŋk How to pronounce Monk (audio) \

Definition of Monk (Entry 3 of 3)

Thelonious Sphere 1920–1982 American jazz musician

First Known Use of monk

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monk

Noun (1)

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

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“Monk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monk. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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monk

noun
\ ˈməŋk How to pronounce monk (audio) \

Kids Definition of monk

: 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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