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▪ Now he enjoys the popularity that being the worlds oldest benedictine monk brings.
▪ He was in his mid-thirties, tall and thin, with searching eyes and hair cropped like a Buddhist monk.
▪ He shaved his head and donned the saffron robes of a Buddhist monk to proselytize in the temples.
▪ Any proposals to grant rights to the Tamils have to get the prior approval of Buddhist monks.
▪ Thousands of Buddhist monks were executed and their monasteries closed.
▪ A Buddhist monk offered prayers for their health and happiness in contrast to the royal couple's general downcast attitude.
▪ In August 1990 two Buddhist monks were shot dead by soldiers at an anti-government demonstration in Mandalay.
▪ The order of Buddhist monks and nuns has a reasonable claim, having been established during the Buddha's lifetime.
▪ Industrious Buddhist monks laid out gardens everywhere full of abstract patterns that preceded Picasso by centuries.
▪ The Cistercian monks with their lay brothers administered the abbey wool trade.
▪ As Eadmer reported, there was nothing more precious to the older monks than the recollection of the saints and their miracles.
▪ There they chanced on the ruins of a temple, where among the broken walls an old monk had established his hermitage.
▪ Third, his sympathy for the traditions of the old Canterbury monks.
▪ The allegations of indecency concern a complaint by a 17 year old trainee monk.
▪ Now he enjoys the popularity that being the worlds oldest benedictine monk brings.
▪ It's understood that allegations of indecency were made by a 17 year old trainee monk in Brixton.
▪ The idea of becoming a monk vanished from Ramsey's heart.
▪ John then became a monk and built his own monastery in Vallombrosa, from the wood of a nearby forest.
▪ In 737 Ceolwulf abdicated and was tonsured, apparently this time at his own request, to become a monk on Lindisfarne.
▪ He left the battle against the Mercians to become a monk.
▪ On 24 September he went into retreat at Mirfield in Yorkshire, where once he thought of becoming a monk.
▪ Father Francis McLachlan first became a monk in 1924.
▪ Only a person of non-servile status might be ordained a clerk or become a monk or nun.
▪ Saint Columban himself, after becoming a monk, lived and studied with a bard in Leinster.
▪ The monks who worship and live here are allowed to do almost anything a holy man is not supposed to do.
▪ Ivan founded a monastery at Cetinje, and it was from the monks who lived there that the orthodox bishops were chosen.
▪ And the next thing he remembered was the minibus stopping and the monks helping him into it.
▪ Benedict and lived all his days as a devout monk.
▪ But at least there were no monks in there praying either.
▪ Each monk received good clothing, although bathing took place only irregularly unless they were ill.
▪ The income from admission fees helps the monks finance a lifestyle that might otherwise be impossible in the modern world.
▪ The warrior monks, they were known as.
▪ This was a panel showing a sturdy bald monk leering at a geisha.
▪ Throughout the centuries, the monks of Clonmacnoise had suffered from raiders sailing up the Shannon to plunder the monastic city.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Monk \Monk\, n. [AS. munuc, munec, munc, L. monachus, Gr. ?, fr. mo`nos 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.''

    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.

  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.)

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

    2. 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).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English munuc "monk" (used also of women), from Proto-Germanic *muniko- (cognates: Old Frisian munek, Middle Dutch monic, Old High German munih, German Mönch), an early borrowing from Vulgar Latin *monicus (source of French moine, Spanish monje, Italian monaco), from Late Latin monachus "monk," originally "religious hermit," from Ecclesiastical Greek monakhos "monk," noun use of a classical Greek adjective meaning "solitary," from monos "alone" (see mono-). For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come. In England, before the Reformation, the term was not applied to the members of the mendicant orders, who were always called friars. From the 16th c. to the 19th c., however, it was usual to speak of the friars as a class of monks. In recent times the distinction between the terms has been carefully observed by well-informed writers. In French and Ger. the equivalent of monk is applied equally to 'monks' and 'friars.' [OED]


n. 1 A male member of a monastic order who has devoted his life for religious service. 2 in earlier usage, an eremite or hermit devoted to solitude, as opposed to a cenobite, who lived communally.

  1. n. a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work [syn: monastic]

  2. United States jazz pianist who was one of the founders of the bebop style (1917-1982) [syn: Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Sphere Monk]

Monk (disambiguation)

A monk is a person who practices a strict religious and ascetic lifestyle.

Monk may also refer to:

Monk (Montreal Metro)

Monk is a station on the Green Line of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). The station is located in the Ville-Émard district of the borough of Le Sud-Ouest in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Monk (Dungeons & Dragons)

The monk (also mystic) is a playable character class in most editions of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. A D&D monk is a fantasy martial artist, specializing in unarmed combat.

Monk (soundtrack)

In 2004, following the popular success and numerous awards and nominations for the cable television series Monk, Varèse Sarabande released an official soundtrack on compact disc.

Containing original music composed and conducted by Jeff Beal, the thirty-six track album contains tracks from various first season episodes, a special extended arrangement of the original theme, and one composition written and recorded, but ultimately not contained in an episode. The disc plays for 53:25.

Monk (comics)

The Monk is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. He appeared as one of Batman's earliest foes.


A monk (, from , monachos, "single, solitary" and Latin monachus) is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or with any number of other monks. A monk may be a person who decided to dedicate his life to serving all other living beings, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live his life in prayer and contemplation. The concept is ancient and can be seen in many religions and in philosophy.

In the Greek language the term can apply to women, but in modern English it is mainly in use for men. The word nun is typically used for female monastics.

Although the term monachos is of Christian origin, in the English language "monk" tends to be used loosely also for both male and female ascetics from other religious or philosophical backgrounds. However, being generic, it is not interchangeable with terms that denote particular kinds of monk, such as cenobite, hermit, anchorite, hesychast, or solitary.

Monk (TV series)

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 police procedural series, and also exhibits comic and dramatic tones in its exploration of the main characters' personal lives. 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 continued for eight seasons, with the final season concluding on December 4, 2009. The series held the record for the most-watched scripted drama episode in cable television history from 2009 through 2012 (broken by The Walking Dead) with " Mr. Monk and the End – Part II", its series finale, with 9.4 million viewers, 3.2 million of them in the 18–49 demographic.

Monk (Berkshire cricketer)

Monk (dates unknown) was an English professional cricketer who made 10 known appearances in first-class cricket matches from 1792 to 1795.

Monk (1964 album)

Monk is the seventh album Thelonious Monk released for Columbia Records, featuring several original compositions as well as jazz standards.

The track "Pannonica" is a tribute to the jazz patron Nica de Koenigswarter.

The track "Teo" is a tribute to the albums' producer Teo Macero.

Monk (season 1)

The first season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from July 12 to October 18, 2002, which consisted of 13 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford were introduced as portraying the main characters. Tony Shalhoub portrayed Adrian Monk, the title character, an OCD homicide detective from San Francisco, who was removed from the force after the murder of his wife. A DVD of the season was released on June 15, 2004.

Monk (season 2)

The second season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from June 20, 2003, to March 5, 2004. It consisted of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised their roles as the main characters. A DVD of the season was released on January 11, 2005.

Monk (character class)

The monk is a character class in a number of role-playing tabletop and video games. In those games which follow the Dungeons & Dragons traditions, monks are characters with martial arts skills and have very powerful strategies.

Many role-playing video games include warrior classes similar to the Dungeons & Dragons monk. The monk class has also found its way into NetHack and Linley's Dungeon Crawl, which borrow elements of the class from Dungeons & Dragons.

Conversely, in Guild Wars released in 2005, the monk is similar to the cleric class of other popular games, using spiritual powers to heal and purge disease.

Monk (band)

Monk is the brainchild of former Over the Rhine guitarist Ric Hordinski. While augmented by other musicians in the studio and in concert (including former OTR drummer Brian Kelley), Monk is essentially a moniker for Hordinski's solo projects.

In addition to releasing several albums under the Monk name, Hordinski released one, When I Consider How My Light Is Spent, under his own name, although the album continued in the same vein as his earlier Monk releases.

Hordinski has also lent his performing and producing skills to a number of artists, including David Wilcox, Phil Keaggy. Kim Taylor, Daniel Martin Moore, Janet Pressley and David Wolfenberger.

Monk (1954 album)

Monk (also re-released as Wee See and The Golden Monk) is an album by jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk recorded for the Prestige label and performed by Monk with two quintets, one featuring Julius Watkins, Sonny Rollins, Percy Heath, and Willie Jones and one featuring Ray Copeland, Frank Foster, Curly Russell, and Art Blakey.

The recordings on this album first appeared on two 10" LPs: Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows for LP (Prestige PRLP 166) and Thelonious Monk Quintet (Prestige PRLP 180), both released in 1954. The cover art was done by Andy Warhol.

Monk (season 3)

The third season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from June 18, 2004, to March 4, 2005. It consists of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprise their roles as the main characters, and Traylor Howard joins the cast. Bitty Schram left the show due to a contract dispute during the Winter hiatus. A DVD of the season was released on July 5, 2005.

Monk (season 4)

The fourth season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from July 8, 2005, to March 17, 2006. It consisted of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised their roles as the main characters. A DVD of the season was released on June 27, 2006.

Monk (season 5)

The fifth season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from July 7, 2006, to March 2, 2007. It consisted of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised their roles as the main characters. A DVD of the season was released on June 26, 2007.

Monk (season 6)

The sixth season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from July 13, 2007, to February 22, 2008. It consisted of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised their roles as the main characters. A DVD of the season was released on July 8, 2008.

Monk (season 7)

The seventh season of Monk was originally broadcast in the United States on USA Network from July 18, 2008, to February 20, 2009. It consisted of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised their roles as the main characters. A DVD of the season was released on July 21, 2009.

Monk (season 8)

The eighth and final season of Monk originally aired in the United States on USA Network from August 7 to December 4, 2009. It consisted of 16 episodes. Tony Shalhoub, Traylor Howard, Ted Levine, and Jason Gray-Stanford reprised their roles as the main characters. A DVD of the season was released on March 16, 2010.

Monk (CITV)

Monk is an animated show appearing on CITV about a mischievous dog called Monk and his friends Kimmy, Ben and Ding.

Monk (surname)

Monk is an English surname. Notable people with this surname include the following:

  • Monk (Berkshire cricketer), English professional cricketer in the 1790s
  • Allan Monk (born 1942), Canadian baritone
  • Art Monk (born 1957), American football player who played in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Debra Monk (born 1949), American actress, singer, and writer
  • Frank Monk (1886–1962), English footballer (Southampton, Glossop, Fulham)
  • Frederick Debartzch Monk (1856–1914), Canadian lawyer and politician
  • Garry Monk (born 1979), English footballer
  • George William Monk (1838-?), a Canadian politician
  • Geraldine Monk (born 1952), British poet
  • Hank Monk, legendary stagecoach driver in the American west
  • Henry Wentworth Monk (1827–1896), millenarian prophet and early Zionist
  • Ian Monk (born 1960), British writer and translator
  • James Henry Monk (1784–1856), English divine and classical scholar
  • Karyn Monk, historical romance novelist
  • Lorraine Monk, Canadian photographer
  • Marcus Monk (born 1986), NFL football player
  • Malik Monk (born 1998), American basketball player
  • Maria Monk (1816–1849), supposed author of The Hidden Secrets of a Nun's Life in a Convent Exposed
  • Meredith Monk (born 1942), American composer, performer, director, vocalist, film-maker, and choreographer
  • Quincy Monk (1979–2015), was an American football linebacker
  • Ray Monk (born 1957), professor of philosophy at the University of Southampton
  • Robert W. Monk (1866-1924), American physician and politician
  • Robert A. G. Monks, American entrepreneur, politician, and corporate activist
  • Scott Monk (born 1974), Australian author
  • Sophie Monk (born 1979), Australian pop singer, actress and occasional model
  • Thelonious Monk (1917–1982), jazz pianist and composer
  • T. S. Monk (born 1949), his son, American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader
  • Wendy Monk (1915–2000)
  • William Henry Monk (1823–1889), English hymn tune writer
Monk (nickname)

Monk or The Monk is a nickname of:

  • Monk Boudreaux (born 1941), American singer and R&B musician
  • Monk Cline (1858–1916), American baseball player
  • Monk Dubiel (1918–1969), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Monk Eastman (1875–1920), founder and leader of a powerful New York City gang
  • Gerry Hutch (born 1963), Irish bank robber known as "The Monk"
  • Antonin Magne (1904–1983), French cyclist who won the Tour de France in 1931 and 1934, nicknamed "The Monk"
  • Edward Malloy (born 1941), 16th president of the University of Notre Dame
  • Monk McDonald (1901–1977), American college athlete, head basketball coach and urologist
  • Monk Montgomery (1921–1982), American jazz bassist
  • Monk Sherlock (1904–1985), American Major League Baseball player in the 1930 season
  • Claude Simons, Sr. (1887–1943), American sports coach at Tulane University
  • Monk Williams (1945–2003), American football player

Usage examples of "monk".

It was naturally supposed, that the pious and humble monks, who had renounced the world to accomplish the work of their salvation, were the best qualified for the spiritual government of the Christians.

As the historians looked the monks they were, so Allegro, in a manner of speaking, looked what he was.

It is a curious and a mystical fact, that at the period to which I am alluding, and a very short time, only a little month, before he successfully solicited the hand of Miss Milbanke, being at Newstead, he fancied that he saw the ghost of the monk which is supposed to haunt the abbey, and to make its ominous appearance when misfortune or death impends over the master of the mansion.

The Anthropomorphites, who swarmed among the monks of Egypt and the Catholics of Africa, could produce the express declaration of Scripture, that man was made after the image of his Creator.

It learned from a monk how to use antimony, from a Jesuit how to cure agues, from a friar how to cut for stone, from a soldier how to treat gout, from a sailor how to keep off scurvy, from a postmaster how to sound the Eustachian tube, from a dairy-maid how to prevent small-pox, and from an old marketwoman how to catch the itch-insect.

The popular monks, whose reputation was connected with the fame and success of the order, assiduously labored to multiply the number of their fellow-captives.

The cliff wall below the tower was less smooth and far from sheer, and the young monk had to constantly push himself away, angling down and out from the abbey.

Those poor monks sitting around their tables dutifully writing out bestiaries had no way of verifying many of the reports they got about animals in far-off places, remember.

Yes, Boron had heard a monk talk about this question of the Christian kings of the Orient.

But when codpieces swell and braguettes can scarcely contain their exuberant contents, the monk nails his theses to the door.

The progress of the monks, which was become considerable, was somewhat retarded by the death of Edred, their partisan, who expired after a reign of nine years.

Molini, a monk, was my confessor, and he expressed a desire to know the girl who was then my sweetheart.

Ham was being wiped away, but now it whined more freely and the humpback moved the electrodes toward Doc and Monk.

Back on the hydrofoil, she had given the information about the gold key not only to spare Monk, but also to engage Gray, to give him a chance to do something.

ALSOP, AT THE TIME MONK CAME TO COLLEGE, HAD BECOME A kind of Mother Machree of the campus, the brood hen of yearling innocents, the guide and mentor of a whole flock of fledgeling lives.