from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Buddhist monk, especially of China, Japan, or nearby countries.
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- n. A Buddhist priest in Japan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Buddhist or Fohist priest, monk, or nun.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Buddhist monk, especially of China and Japan.
French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō : bon, ordinary (from Middle Chinese buan, fhan) + sō, monk (from Middle Chinese səng, from Sanskrit saṃghaḥ, collection, brotherhood of monks, from saṃhanti, saṃgha-, to put together : sam, together.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bonze, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese 凡僧 (bonzō), from (bon, "ordinary") + (sō, "monk"). (Wiktionary)