One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a religious community of men typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
brother, male member of a religious order, religious, contemplativeView synonyms
- ‘He declared that it was his last mathematics book, and entered the Benedictine Order as a monk.’
- ‘When a group of Dominican monks founded a house in the rue St Jacques in Paris they became known as Jacobins.’
- ‘He then requests the ten basic vows of a novice monk and repeats each as it is recited to him.’
- ‘Many of the alms will be donated to monks at the temple, as well as to the novices to use during their stay.’
- ‘The temple takes its name from the Knights Templar, an order of warrior monks.’
- ‘All the community of Evesham was there, every monk and lay brother eager to greet their donors.’
- ‘Both forms of ordination require a quorum of five ordained monks or nuns with a minimum of ten years in the Order.’
- ‘My thoughts turned to the Priory, and the monks who lived in peace and poverty there.’
- ‘On the right side of the pyramid was the monastery, with its abbot and his subordinate monks.’
- ‘He wanted to be a monk, not a busy town parson continually beset by unreasonable people.’
- ‘He was on his way to visit his brother Raimond, who was a monk in the Dominican monastery there.’
- ‘He spent two years as a monk in Germany and then became secretary to a French bishop.’
- ‘As a teenager, he was set on becoming a Franciscan monk until he took high school acting lessons.’
- ‘The emperor assumed the authority to make rules for the communities of Buddhist monks.’
- ‘He has attended several retreats at the abbey, run by the Catholic order of Benedictine monks.’
- ‘One by one the monks glided from the church, each stopping to kiss the most sacred icons as they went.’
- ‘He was nudged awake by one member of a line of Buddhist monks who were making their daily alms run.’
- ‘They were originally built for a community of monks from Val des Choux in Burgundy.’
- ‘He was the first Westerner to be ordained as a monk by the Dalai Lama and now teaches at Columbia University.’
- ‘Priests and monks had to follow a strictly regimented set of activities every day.’
Old English munuc, based on Greek monakhos ‘solitary’, from monos ‘alone’.
nounin phrase have a monk on" or "get a monk on
Be or get annoyed; be in a bad mood.‘everyone at work seems to have a monk on today’‘don't get a monk on, mate’‘I've just got a munk on tonight—no real reason for it’
1980s: origin uncertain.
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