One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating, relating to, or characteristic of the monastic life or a person who lives such a life; monastic. In early use: specifically †solitary, eremitic (obsolete).
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Reply Friar Daw Topias. From post-classical Latin monasticus monastic + -al; compare -ical. Compare post-classical Latin monasticalis (in an isolated attestation in an undated life of Peter of Cluny).
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