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
He shaved his head and became a monk.
'The monk seal species, I believe, is endangered . . .
I said to the old monk with smile that I am afraid the crow' s cry may be ominous for us.
She at once went to the hut of the monk and burned it down.
It is obvious that the monks cherish the virtues of food.