Meaning of 僧

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Pinyin: sēng
English Definition: monk; Sangha, the Buddhist monastic order
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 14; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (person) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ rén ] man, person; people
    • [ céng ] already, formerly, once; the past
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Example Words
僧人 sēng rén monk
高僧 gāo sēng a senior monk
僧尼 sēng (Buddhist) monks and nuns
僧俗 sēng laymen; laity
僧多粥少 sēng duō zhōu shǎo lit. many monks and not much gruel (idiom); fig. not enough to go around; demand exceeds supply
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Example Sentences
Waiting for about ten minutes, an old monk came out and opened the door. Since at night, we were difficult to see him clearly.
When Hu was six or seven years old, he asked his father and mother if he could become a monk.
At that time, the old monk walked in. Finished enquiring of our living in the night, he said the breakfast are ready and asked us for eating.
'The monk seal species, I believe, is endangered . . .
Indeed, scientists often give monk seals android-sounding names to reinforce the idea that the animals aren't human.