from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Depending on alms for a living; practicing begging.
- n. A beggar.
- n. A member of an order of friars forbidden to own property in common, who work or beg for their living.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Depending on alms for a living.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a beggar.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a member of a religious order forbidden to own property, and who must beg for a living.
- n. A pauper who lives by begging.
- n. A religious friar forbidden to own personal property who begs for a living.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms.
- n. A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Begging; reduced to a condition of beggary
- Practising beggary; living by alms or doles: as, a mendicant friar. See friar.
- n. A beggar; one who lives by asking alms; especially, a member of a begging order or fraternity; a begging friar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. practicing beggary
- n. a pauper who lives by begging
- n. a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mendīcāns, mendīcant-, present participle of mendīcāre, to beg, from mendīcus, needy, beggar, from mendum, physical defect.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mendīcāns, present participle of mendīcō ("beg"). Compare French mendiant. (Wiktionary)