Definition of Black Monk in US English:

Black Monk

noun

  • A Benedictine monk.

    • ‘Beyond the village lay the Priory of the Black Monks, as we called the raven-clothed Benedictines.’
    • ‘I was stabbed by him in the abbey of the Black Monks of Perth.’
    • ‘The Benedictines of Monte Cassino in Italy were the original Black Monks.’
    • ‘Benedictines - or Black Monks for the color of their robes - oversaw vast numbers of monasteries that once numbered in the thousands.’
    • ‘The Benedictines, really the Black Monks, came into their own after 800 AD when the pope and the Franks formed an alliance known as the Holy Roman Empire.’

Origin

Middle English: so named because of the typical color of the order's habit.

Pronunciation

Black Monk

/ˈblak məNGk/