Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Buddhist monk, especially of China, Japan, or nearby countries.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Buddhist monk, especially of China and Japan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A Buddhist or Fohist priest, monk, or nun.

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  • noun A Buddhist priest in Japan.

Etymologies

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

[French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō : bon, ordinary (from Early Middle Chinese buam) + , monk (from Middle Chinese səng, from Sanskrit saṃghaḥ, sangha; see sangha).]

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From French bonze, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese 凡僧 (bonzō), from  (bon, "ordinary") +  (sō, "monk").

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