American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church A monk or nun belonging to the order founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia.
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. The rules of the order (which was open to persons of all ages, conditions, and callings) enjoined silence and some useful employment when not engaged in divine service. Every monastery had a library, every monk a pen and tablets, and study and the copying of manuscripts were encouraged. The monasteries became centers of learning and the liberal arts, and the name of the order synonymous with scholarship and erudition. The order was introduced into England about a. d. 600, by St. Augustine of Canterbury. The oldest establishment in the United States is that of St. Vincent's Abbey in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, founded by a colony of monks from Bavaria in 1846. There are also different congregations of nuns known as Benedictines, and following the rule of St. Benedict; they date from the same time, owing their foundation to his sister, St. Scholastica.
- n. A cordial or liqueur, resembling chartreuse, distilled at Fécamp in Normandy. It was originally prepared by the Benedictine monks, but since the French revolution has been made by a secular company.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to the monks of St. Benedict, or St. Benet.
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) 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.
- 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- n. a French liqueur originally made by Benedictine monks
- Possibly via French and/or Latin, named after the founder, Italian 6th century Saint Benedictus of Nursia (Wiktionary)
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