Word of the day

The word for today is…

mendicant (adj) – 1. Depending on alms for a living; practicing begging.
2. Of or relating to religious orders whose members are forbidden to own property individually or in common and must work or beg for their livings.

(noun – 1. A beggar.
2. A member of a mendicant order.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “A beggar,” mid-15th century, from mendicant (adj.) or from Latin mendicantem (nominative mendicans), noun use of present participle of mendicare.


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