What does monk mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word monk.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. monk, monastic(noun)

    a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work

  2. Monk, Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Sphere Monk(noun)

    United States jazz pianist who was one of the founders of the bebop style (1917-1982)


  1. monk(Noun)

    A male member of a monastic order who has devoted his life for religious service.

  2. monk(Noun)

    in earlier usage, an eremite or hermit devoted to solitude, as opposed to a cenobite, who lived communally.

  3. monk(Noun)

    A male who leads an isolated life; a loner, a hermit.

  4. monk(Noun)

    An unmarried man who does not have sexual relationships.

  5. monk(Noun)

    A judge.

  6. Origin: munuc, from monachus, from μοναχός, from μόνος

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monk(noun)

    a man who retires from the ordinary temporal concerns of the world, and devotes himself to religion; one of a religious community of men inhabiting a monastery, and bound by vows to a life of chastity, obedience, and poverty

  2. Monk(noun)

    a blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed. It is distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink

  3. Monk(noun)

    a piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine

  4. Monk(noun)

    a South American monkey (Pithecia monachus); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthocephalus

  5. Monk(noun)

    the European bullfinch

  6. Origin: [AS. munuc, munec, munc, L. monachus, Gr. , fr. mo`nos alone. Cf. Monachism.]


  1. Monk

    Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. It originally ran from 2002 to 2009 and is primarily a mystery series, although it has dark and comic touches. The series was produced by Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television in association with Universal Television. The series debuted on July 12, 2002, on USA Network. It was well received and continued for eight seasons, with the final season concluding on December 4, 2009. The series currently holds the record for the most watched scripted drama episode in cable television history, a record previously held by The Closer. Monk set the record with "Mr. Monk and the End – Part II", its last episode and finale, with 9.4 million viewers, 3.2 million of them in the 18–49 demographic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Monk

    mungk, n. formerly, one who retired alone to the desert to lead a religious life: one of a religious community living in a monastery: an inky blotch in print: a fuse for firing mines.—ns. Monk′ery, the life of monks: monasticism; Monk′-fish, the angel-fish; Monk′hood, the state or character of a monk.—adj. Monk′ish, pertaining to a monk: like a monk: monastic.—ns. Monk's′-hood, the aconite, a poisonous plant with a flower like a monk's hood; Monk's′-seam (naut.), a strong seam formed by laying the selvage-edges of two pieces of canvas over each other and stitching on each side and down the middle—also Middle-stitching. [A.S. munec—L. monachus—Gr. monachosmonos, alone.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'monk' in Nouns Frequency: #2612


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monk in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Umberto Eco:

    I felt like poisoning a monk.

  2. John Keats:

    My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Peaceful and kind one monk is more valuable than violent and rude ten thousand men!

  4. Ferréol of Uzès:

    [the monk] who does not turn up the earth with the plow ought to write the parchment with his fingers

  5. Anais Nin:

    There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounces possessions.

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