Borrowed from Old Norse munkr (“monk”) (cf. also Swedish, Danish munk), itself a borrowing from Late Latin monachus (in a variant form *monikus), itself a borrowing from Ancient Greek μοναχός (monakhós, “isolated, lonely”), from μόνος (mónos, “one, alone”). This word must have been borrowed during the time of the un > ū change (9th-12th century); its first mention (already in its modern form), however, is found in 17th-century dictionaries.
mūks m (1st declension, feminine form: mūķene)
- monk (male member of a monastic or religious order, usually lives in a monastery)
- mūku iesvētīšana ― the ordaining of monks
- mūks vientuļnieks ― hermit monk
- dzīvot kā mūkam ― to live like a monk (= in isolation)
- kristietības pirmie mūki bija ēģiptiešu Antonijs Lielais un Pahomijs Lielais ― the first Christian monks were the Egyptians Anthony the Great and Pachomius the Great