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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A monk or nun belonging to the order founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A monk or nun belonging to the order founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia.
  • n. A liqueur made from Cognac (French brandy) together with herbs and spices
  • adj. Of or pertaining to St. Benedict of Nursia.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Benedictine Order.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the monks of St. Benedict, or St. Benet.
  • n. One of a famous order of monks, established by St. Benedict of Nursia in the sixth century. This order was introduced into the United States in 1846.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to St. Benedict, or to the order of monks or the monastic rule originating from him.
  • n. A member of an order of monks founded at Monte Cassino, between Rome and Naples, by St. Benedict of Nursia, about a. d. 530.
  • n. A cordial or liqueur, resembling chartreuse, distilled at F├ęcamp in Normandy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to Saint Benedict or his works
  • adj. of or relating to the Benedictines
  • n. a monk or nun belonging to the order founded by Saint Benedict
  • n. a French liqueur originally made by Benedictine monks

Etymologies

Possibly via French and/or Latin, named after the founder, Italian 6th century Saint Benedictus of Nursia (Wiktionary)

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