Part of speech: noun

A beggar.

Part of speech: noun

Mendicancy, mendicity.

Part of speech: adjective

Reduced to beggary; begging.

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Usage examples "mendicant":

  1. " A mendicant poet," cried Charles. - "The Passionate Elopement", Compton Mackenzie.
  2. Among them moved two nuns of some mendicant order, receiving charity from the fair gamblers, who gave for luck without distinction of race or religion. - "An Open-Eyed Conspiracy--An Idyl of Saratoga", William Dean Howells.
  3. The mendicant is not extinct; some of the order are sure to be encountered in the neighbourhood of the Cathedral, but they do not pester the visitor incessantly as in Toledo and Granada. - "The Story of Seville", Walter M. Gallichan.