white monk

noun, often capitalized W&M

Definition of white monk

: a Cistercian monk

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First Known Use of white monk

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for white monk

Middle English, from white + monk; from the color of his habit

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“White monk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20monk. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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