Ben`e*dic"tine (?), a.

Pertaining to the monks of St. Benedict, or St. Benet.


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Ben`e*dic"tine, n. Eccl. Hist.

One of a famous order of monks, established by St. Benedict of Nursia in the sixth century. This order was introduced into the United States in 1846.

⇒ The Benedictines wear black clothing, and are sometimes called Black Monks. The name Black Friars which belongs to the Dominicans, is also sometimes applied to the Benedictines.


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