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Meaning of MONK

Pronunciation:  mungk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work
  2. [n]  United States jazz pianist who was one of the founders of the bebop style (1917-1982)

MONK is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: monastic, Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Sphere Monk
 See Also: Bacon, Benedict, Brother, Cistercian, Gregor Mendel, jazz musician, jazzman, Johann Mendel, Mendel, religious, Roger Bacon, Saint Benedict, St Benedict, Trappist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Monk\, n. [AS. munuc, munec, munc, L. monachus, Gr. ?, fr.
? alone. Cf. {Monachism}.]
1. 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. ``A monk out of his cloister.'' --Chaucer.

         Monks in some respects agree with regulars, as in
         the substantial vows of religion; but in other
         respects monks and regulars differ; for that
         regulars, vows excepted, are not tied up to so
         strict a rule of life as monks are.   --Ayliffe.

2. (Print.) 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. A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the
   powder hose or train of a mine.

4. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) A South American monkey ({Pithecia monachus}); also
       applied to other species, as {Cebus xanthocephalus}.
   (b) The European bullfinch.

{Monk bat} (Zo["o]l.), a South American and West Indian bat
   ({Molossus nasutus}); -- so called because the males live
   in communities by themselves.

{Monk bird}(Zo["o]l.), the friar bird.

{Monk seal} (Zo["o]l.), a species of seal ({Monachus
   albiventer}) inhabiting the Black Sea, the Mediterranean
   Sea, and the adjacent parts of the Atlantic.

{Monk's rhubarb} (Bot.), a kind of dock; -- also called
   {patience} ({Rumex Patientia}).

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a monk in your dream means devotion, faith, and spiritual enlightenment. Dreaming that you are a monk, symbolizes the introspective aspect of yourself. You need to emotionally withdraw yourself from a situation and regain some control, structure, and order.
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