noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin mendicant-, mendicans, present participle of mendicare to beg, from mendicus beggar — more at amend Date: 14th century 1. beggar 1 2. often capitalized a member of a religious order (as the Franciscans) combining monastic life and outside religious activity and originally owning neither personal nor community property ; friarmendicant adjective

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  • Mendicant — Men di*cant, a. [L. mendicans, antis, p. pr. of mendicare to beg, fr. mendicus beggar, indigent.] Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars. [1913 Webster] {Mendicant orders} (R. C. Ch.), certain monastic orders which are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mendicant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) habitually engaged in begging. 2) (of a religious order) originally dependent on alms. ► NOUN 1) a beggar. 2) a member of a mendicant order. ORIGIN from Latin mendicus beggar …   English terms dictionary

  • mendicant — [men′di kənt] adj. [L mendicans (gen. mendicantis), prp. of mendicare, to beg < mendicus, needy: for base see MENDACIOUS] 1. asking for alms; begging 2. of or characteristic of a beggar 3. designating or of any of various religious orders… …   English World dictionary

  • Mendicant — Men di*cant, n. A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mendicant — index parasite Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • mendicant — mendicant, o mandiant, a mandiant, o fr. n. mendiante. « Li fa pas lo botèu ben fach, au mandiant, que tres còups per an arribe en Uròpa de bastiments cargats d òr de la Californiá. » V. Gelu …   Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • Mendicant — Begging Sōtō monk …   Wikipedia

  • mendicant — /men di keuhnt/, adj. 1. begging; practicing begging; living on alms. 2. pertaining to or characteristic of a beggar. n. 3. a person who lives by begging; beggar. 4. a member of any of several orders of friars that originally forbade ownership of …   Universalium

  • mendicant — {{11}}mendicant (adj.) late 14c., from L. mendicantem (nom. mendicans) prp. of mendicare to beg, ask alms, from mendicus beggar, originally cripple (connection via cripples who must beg), from menda fault, physical defect (see MENDACIOUS (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mendicant — UK [ˈmendɪkənt] / US noun [countable] Word forms mendicant : singular mendicant plural mendicants very formal someone who belongs to a religious group that lives by asking the public for food, money etc Derived word: mendicant UK / US adjective …   English dictionary

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