Definitions

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

  • n. The character, condition, or profession of a monk; monasticism.
  • n. Monks considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being a monk.
  • n. The monks collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The character or condition of a monk.
  • n. Monks, regarded collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or condition of a monk.
  • n. Monks collectively.

Etymologies

From Middle English monkehode (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pongruengrong, who is also a popular singer, entered monkhood after being released on bail last month.

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  • In an interview before leaving the U.S., Mr. Sangay revealed that his father left the monkhood to join Tibetan guerrillas fighting Chinese troops who entered Tibet in 1950, and was shot in the leg while helping to provide security for the escaping Dalai Lama.

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  • Entering monkhood is a rite of passage for many boys, although most of them spend a few days to a few months—rather than a lifetime—as a monk.

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  • I've never seen or heard any Buddhist advocate universal monkhood.

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  • In 1842, he was enthroned in the Potala Palace and at the age of eleven, he took the novice vows of monkhood from the Panchen Lama.

    The Dalai Lamas

  • In 1860, at the age of five he took the novice vows of monkhood from the Gaden Throne Holder Lobsang Khenrab and he was enthroned in the Potala Palace.

    The Dalai Lamas

  • At the age of seven, he took the novice vows of monkhood from the Panchen Lama and then he was fully ordained in 1777.

    The Dalai Lamas

  • In 1822, he was recognized and enthroned in the Potala Palace and in the same year, he took his novice vows of monkhood from the Panchen Lama, Tenpai Nyima who gave him the name Tsultrim Gyatso.

    The Dalai Lamas

  • He was escorted to Lhasa where he was ordained into monkhood by the Panchen Lama, Tenpai Wangchuk, and was given the name Ngawang Lobsang Thupten Gyatso Jigdral Chokley Namgyal.

    The Dalai Lamas

  • When things settled down, the Fifth Dalai Lama was taken to Drepung monastery where he was ordained into monkhood by the Third Panchen Lama, Lobsang Chogyal, and was given the name Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso.

    The Dalai Lamas

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