from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a monastery. Used often of monks and nuns.
- adj. Resembling life in a monastery in style, structure, or manner, especially:
- adj. Secluded and contemplative.
- adj. Strictly disciplined or regimented.
- adj. Self-abnegating; austere.
- n. A monk.
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- adj. Of or relating to monasteries or monks.
- n. A person with monastic ways, e.g. monks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A monk.
- adj. Of or pertaining to monasteries, or to their occupants, rules, etc., .
- adj. Secluded from temporal concerns and devoted to religion; recluse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or characteristic of monks or nuns; ascetic: as, monastic life, vows, or practices.
- Adapted to or suitable for monks or nuns; of ascetic character or use: as, monastic buildings or architecture; monastic seclusion.
- An epithet noting a style of book-decoration in which medieval forms of compact ornament are strongly stamped on the sides or back of the book without any use of gold-leaf.
- an abbot who was also a bishop; or
- a monk consecrated bishop, resident in a monastery, and exercising his office in confirmations, ordinations, etc., but without jurisdiction.
- n. A monk; a religious recluse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work
- adj. of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
Middle English monastik, from Old French monastique, from Late Latin monasticus, from Late Greek monastikos, from Greek monazein, to live alone; see monastery.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)